163 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, with new records for hospitalizations, positive tests

There are 163 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Friday, the province says in a news release, the second-highest single-day increase in cases.

A man in his 80s linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at Winnipeg’s Parkview Place personal care home has died, the release says, bringing the province’s coronavirus-linked death toll to 48.

Since the Parkview Place outbreak began, 108 people linked to the privately owned facility — 82 residents and 26 staff — have contracted the illness, a provincial spokesperson said on Friday; 15 residents have died in what has become the deadliest COVID-19 outbreak in Manitoba.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate — a rolling average of the COVID-19 tests that come back positive — is now 6.5 per cent, another record in the province.

There are now 51 people in hospital with the illness, which is also a new record; eight of those people are in intensive care.

Outbreaks of the illness have been declared at four more Winnipeg care homes, which have been elevated to red, or critical, on the province’s pandemic response system. Those sites are the Holy Family Home, Concordia personal care home, the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre personal care home and the Maples Long Term Care Home.

An outbreak at the YWCA in Thompson has now spread to 13 people linked to the facility, a provincial spokesperson said on Friday. The site has been housing roughly 25 people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

Most of the new cases — 128 — are in the Winnipeg health region, the news release says. There are 19 in the Southern Health region, eight in the Interlake-Eastern health region, seven in the Northern Health region and one in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

One case of the illness previously announced in Manitoba has been removed from the province’s total, the release says, bringing the tally of cases identified in Manitoba to 3,935.

On Thursday, the province announced new rules coming for northern Manitoba and schools in both the Winnipeg area and the north. Those measures will take effect on Monday.

That announcement came as Manitoba announced a new record number of deaths linked to the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and posted what was before today the highest five-day test positivity rate.

Provincial officials also announced 147 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, which was at that time the second-highest one-day increase in cases.

To date, 2,032 people in Manitoba are listed as recovered from COVID-19, while 1,855 cases are considered active — though Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has said that number is skewed because of a data entry backlog.

Another 2,642 COVID-19 tests were done in Manitoba on Thursday, bringing the total completed in the province since early February to 236,023.

Data on test numbers and the test positivity rate will be unavailable on Saturday because of scheduled system upgrades, the release says. That information is expected to be updated again on Sunday.