Record-setting trend of COVID-19 ICU admissions in Manitoba continues as 109 patients announced

Manitoba is reporting 232 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths on Tuesday, two of which are linked to the highly transmissible B117 coronavirus variant, a provincial news release says.

Of the new COVID-19 cases, the majority are in the Winnipeg health region which posted 168 new infections. There are also 36 new cases in the Southern Health region, 13 in the Northern health region, 10 in the Interlake-Eastern health region and five in the Prairie Mountain Health region

All three deaths were in the Winnipeg area, including a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 80s. 

That brings the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the province to 1,056.

The province now has a record 109 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, up by two from the day before. That includes 72 in Manitoba, 36 in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan, a release from Shared Health says.

Shared Health says three COVID-19 patients were transported to Ontario on Monday for ongoing care, while two were sent back to Manitoba from Ontario.

Fifteen of Manitoba’s ICU patients are under the age of 40.

The province also reported 598 newly identified cases of more contagious coronavirus variants, Manitoba’s online variant dashboard says. There are 2,594 active cases across the province.

There have now been 51,316 COVID-19 cases identified in Manitoba, of which 4,333 are considered active.

On Monday, 2,396 COVID-19 tests were done in Manitoba.

Hospital outbreaks declared

The province announced a number of COVID-19 outbreaks in hospital units on Tuesday.

In Winnipeg, there are outbreaks in the GD4 unit at Health Sciences Centre and in Unit 3 South at Grace Hospital. In Dauphin, the surgery unit of the health centre also has an outbreak.

The province also declared one at Beacon Hill Personal Care Home in Winnipeg.

There are a number of COVID-19 exposures on board various Winnipeg Transit routes from late in May. A full list of those exposures can be found on the province’s website.

The latest update comes after the province reported 303 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Monday. However, officials believe the number of cases is higher. 

Due to technical issues, Monday’s case total is an undercount and Tuesday’s data is an overcount as a result.

The province also hit a new record for people in hospital ICUs on Monday with 107 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units: 71 in Manitoba, 35 in Ontario and one in Saskatchewan.