Record-breaking 15 COVID-19 deaths, 239 new cases in Manitoba on Saturday

Fifteen more people have died of COVID-19 in Manitoba, the province says in a news release, marking the highest single-day increase in fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are also 239 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Saturday, the release says.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate, a rolling average of the COVID-19 tests that come back positive, is now 12.4 per cent. In Winnipeg, that rate is 13.1 per cent, the release says.

There are now 228 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba, including 34 in intensive care.

The deaths announced Saturday range from Nov. 2 to 13, the release says. They include 11 residents from the Maples Long Term Care Home in Winnipeg, which is the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak at a Manitoba care home.

That home became the focus of an independent investigation after the situation there accelerated so rapidly one evening last week that several ambulances and paramedics were called to care for a dozen residents.

The Maples residents whose deaths were announced Saturday are four men (three in their 80s and one in his 90s) and seven women (one in her 60s, one in her 70s, two in their 80s and three in their 90s), the province says.

The deaths announced Saturday also include a man in his 80s linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, and three other men — two in their 70s and one in his 80s — from the Southern Health region.

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