Manitoba reports 502 new COVID-19 cases amid new public health orders, fines, ICU prep

Officials say 502 new COVID-19 cases have been reported Friday, Manitoba’s third-highest daily case count.

Health officials also announced the death of another Manitoban linked to the virus, a man in his 50s from the Southern Health region.

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His death brings Manitoba’s COVID-19 death toll to 987.

Manitoba has reported more than 500 cases in a single day only twice before, and both previous times came during the height of the province’s second wave. The highest daily case count the province has seen was announced Nov. 23 with 546 new infections.

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The province also reported 524 new cases Dec. 27, which included new infections identified from Dec. 24, 25, and 26.

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Of Friday’s new cases, the largest number — 389 — come from the Winnipeg health region, with 17 reported in the Northern health region, 34 reported in Southern Health region, 32 reported in the Prairie Mountain region, and 30 found in the Interlake-Eastern region.

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The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.6 per cent provincially and11.3 per cent in Winnipeg.

Health officials said 2,989 COVID-19 cases remain active as of Friday morning.

Hospitalization rates also rose sharply Friday.

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The number of people in hospital connected to COVID-19 rose from 185 on Thursday to 201 as of Friday morning, and Manitoba’s chief nursing officer, Lanette Siragusa said 40 of those paitients are under the age of 40.

The number of patients in ICU with the virus also rose from 52 reported Thursday to 56 on Friday. Between COVID-19 patients and others requiring critical care, Siragusa said in all, 118 of Manitoba’s ICU beds are currently filled.

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Since March 2020, Manitoba has now recorded 40,940 novel coronavirus cases after four previous cases were removed due to data corrections.

Manitoba announced 363 new cases and four additional deaths from the virus on Thursday.

Manitoba’s chief public health officer is expected to announced changes to Manitoba’s COVID-19 public health orders at a 6 p.m. press conference Friday.

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