Daily COVID-19 numbers remained in the triple digits over the weekend, as the province announced 385 new cases on Saturday and 243 on Sunday.
That brings Manitoba’s total active cases up to 8,122, and the total lab-confirmed cases since February to 13,544.
Additionally, the province announced another 22 fatalities over the weekend, 10 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday, including a Prairie Mountain Health woman in her 100s whose death is linked to the ongoing outbreak at the Gilbert Plains personal care home.
The bulk of the weekend’s deaths were relegated to the Winnipeg health region, although the Northern and Southern health regions also reported one fatality a piece on Saturday.
As of right now, the province’s total COVID-related death rate stands at 229.
Manitoba also set a new dismal record on Sunday when the province revealed that 288 individuals are currently hospitalized because of the virus (52 of which are in intensive care), which is the highest amount of hospitalizations since the pandemic began.
The new cases identified by region over the weekend are as follows:
- 40 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
- 63 cases in the Northern health region
- 31 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
- 143 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
- 353 cases in the Winnipeg health region
Currently, the province’s five-day test positivity rate sits at 13.7 per cent, with Winnipeg reporting a rate of 13.4 per cent alone.
Overall, 4,631 tests were completed through the weekend, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 330,265.
These numbers follow in the wake of the province announcing a strict new set of rules on Thursday that effectively outlawed the sale of "non-essential" goods in stores and banned private gatherings beyond those that live in the same residence.
These restrictions will remain in place until at least Dec.11.
Manitobans have been living under Pandemic Response System’s code red (critical) restrictions as of Nov. 12, which effectively closed down gyms, personal service businesses and entertainment facilities such as museums, libraries, movie theatres and casinos.
Large retail stores listed as critical services can remain open, although these businesses must restrict capacity to either 25 per cent or a maximum of 250 people.
» The Brandon Sun