216 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths in Manitoba as province eases restrictions

Manitoba public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported Saturday.

The deaths include:

  • A man in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region
  • A woman in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region
  • A woman in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.8 per cent provincially and 6.5 per cent in Winnipeg.

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As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 216 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is now 28,476. Of the new cases, more than half are from the northern health region.

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  • 22 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region
  • 118 cases in the Northern health region
  • 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 14 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • 50 cases in the Winnipeg health region

The data also shows there are 3,372 known active cases and 24,307 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 135 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 137 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 272 hospitalizations.

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Of those, 26 people are in intensive care units with active infections, along with 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 40 ICU patients.

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 798.

Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

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Laboratory testing numbers show 1,836 tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 463,084.

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All Manitoba teachers, educational support staff and other staff working in schools and directly with students can now make an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the Fast Pass site at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site open Saturday for eligible staff working in all schools and school divisions.

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On Saturday, the province eased public health restrictions for every health region except Northern Health and Churchill.

The changes include:

  • Household limits now include two designated people (family or friends) to visit a household under a new ‘rule of two’
  • Outdoor visits of up to five people only, plus members of a household, on an outdoor private property
  • Funerals can have up to 10 people in addition to the officiant
  • Retail operations now don’t have to only sell essential items in stores, provided they maintain physical distancing and occupancy limits of 25 per cent only or a maximum of 250 people, whichever is lower
  • Non-regulated health services, such as pedorthists and reflexologists, to reopen with adequate physical distancing and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes
  • Barbershops and hairstylists can reopen at 25 per cent capacity with adequate physical distancing and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.

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