19 more deaths, 354 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Saturday

A record 19 more people have died from COVID-19 in Manitoba, including a woman in her 20s, and 354 new cases of the illness were reported Saturday, according to a provincial news release.

The total number of deaths related to the illness is now 381.

More than half of the deaths reported Saturday are related to outbreaks at Winnipeg personal care homes, including three at Park Manor Care, three at St. Norbert Personal Care Home, two at Holy Family Home and one at Bethania Personal Care Home.

A woman in her 60s linked to the outbreak at The Pas Hospital Acute Care also died.

The update comes a day after the province announced record-high numbers of people in hospital with COVID-19.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported Friday that 361 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 55 in intensive care. That number makes up just under half of Manitoba’s critical care patients, Shared Health Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa said Friday.

The public health officials also released projections on Friday that suggest sweeping restrictions in Manitoba have barely kept the province from its worst-case scenario for daily COVID-19 cases, which assumes few restrictions and poor compliance in the province.

There were 320 new cases announced in the province on Friday.

More to come