1 more death, 80 in hospital with COVID-19 in Manitoba

Another person with COVID-19 has died in Manitoba, as the provincial government announced 100 new cases and 80 people in hospital on Monday.

The person who died was a woman in her 80s connected to the outbreak at Parkview Place. This brings the number of deaths in the province related to COVID-19 to 55. 

Manitoba set another new record for the number of people in hospital, continuing a trend of rising hospitalizations that began more than a week ago.

The five-day test-positivity rate — a rolling average of the number of tests that come back positive — also reached a new high of 7.1 per cent on Monday.

Nearly three-quarters of the new cases, 73, are in the Winnipeg health region. In the Northern Health region, which moved to the orange, or restricted, level on the province’s pandemic response system on Monday, 10 new cases were confirmed.

There were 11 new cases in the Southern Health region, five in the Interlake-Eastern health region and one in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

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As stricter COVID-19 control measures come into effect in Winnipeg schools and in northern Manitoba, and as the disease puts increasing strain on Manitoba’s health-care system, the chief provincial public health officer and chief nursing officer will give an update on the pandemic in the province on Monday.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Lanette Siragusa, chief nursing officer with Manitoba Shared Health, will hold a media briefing at 12:30 p.m. CBC News will live stream the news conference here.

This will be the first time Siragusa has been at a COVID-19 briefing since Aug. 4.

The number of Manitobans in hospital with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus has risen sharply, more than doubling over the course of about a week, from what was a record-breaking 29 on Oct. 18 to 77 on Sunday. 

The number of patients in intensive care nearly doubled over the last few days, from eight on Oct. 22 to 15 on Sunday.

An outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital spread to a third unit last week. One person connected to the outbreak has died and 31 people — 22 patients and nine workers — have tested positive.

The provincial government also released its latest weekly COVID-19 surveillance report for the week of Oct. 11 to 17 on Monday.

The report says 156 health-care workers had the virus, 27 more than the week before. The new cases included four nurses and eight health-care aides.

It also illustrates the rising number of new cases — 659, up from 502 the previous week, which was almost double the number of reported cases the week before, with 75 per cent of the new cases in the Winnipeg Health region. Numbers have continued to rise with more than 800 cases reported in daily bulletins from Oct. 18-24.

The Northern Health region moved to the orange, or restricted, level on the province’s pandemic response system on Monday, as public health officials see increasing signs of community spread. 

The rules coming to northern Manitoba are the same as those already in place in the Winnipeg area, including a five-person cap on gatherings.

Winnipeg schools moved to a modifed orange level on Monday. The change means there are new measures meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools, including stepped up efforts to achieve two metres of physical distancing and expanded availability of remote learning for students in kindergarten to Grade 8.

Revera, the company that owns Parkview Place Long Term Care Home, announced it is paying to have every resident of the care home tested for COVID-19. As of Sunday, 97 of Parkview Place’s 221 residents, or 44 per cent, had tested positive, and 17 people connected to the outbreak had died.