534 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported in Manitoba on Sunday

There are 534 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba and four more people have died from the illness, the province said in a news release on Sunday.

More than 60 per cent of the new cases are in the Winnipeg health region, which reported 329 infections. The area also posted a five-day test positivity rate of 14.1 per cent, the release said, down slightly from 14.2 on Saturday.

Manitoba’s rate rose to 12.3 per cent, up from 12 on Saturday.

The rest of the cases announced Sunday are split between the Southern Health region (which reported 84 new infections), the Prairie Mountain Health region (43) and the Interlake-Eastern and Northern health regions, which each reported 39.

Three of Manitoba’s latest COVID-19 deaths were among people in their 50s, the release said. That includes a man from the Winnipeg health region, plus two people — a man from the Northern Health region and a woman from the Winnipeg health region — who had the more contagious B117 coronavirus variant first identified in the U.K. 

The death of a man in his 80s linked to an outbreak at Winnipeg’s Holy Family Home was also reported.

The latest deaths bring Manitoba’s total linked to COVID-19 to 1,010.

There are now 258 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Manitoba — up by 17 since Saturday. One more person is in intensive care, bringing the number of COVID-19 patients in those units to 71.

Manitoba has now identified a total of 45,149 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic last year. That includes 39,699 people who have been deemed recovered, the release said.