The COVID-19 pandemic showed no signs of slowing down during the weekend, with 1,017 new cases of the virus recorded in Manitoba.
Six new deaths were also recorded, including two people from Prairie Mountain Health. The deaths of both a man in his 80s and a woman in her 60s were related to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.
Although an active case count of 402 was initially reported in the Westman-area health region on Saturday, a data correction the following day reset it at 398.
As of Sunday’s print deadline, the region’s latest active case count made available by the province remained that of Saturday.
Either way, the active case count marks a dark new record for Prairie Mountain Health. The former peak for active cases in the health region was 350 recorded on Dec. 5, in the midst of the second wave.
That said, the province had fallen behind in updating their data at the time, with the following day seeing active cases drop to 158.
This indicates Sunday’s record high, which currently tops a steep upward trend during this third wave, is even more notable.
Within Prairie Mountain Health, the majority of active cases are in the Brandon district, where there were 102. This is followed by 72 in Porcupine Mountain, 67 in Agassiz Mountain, 40 in Little Saskatchewan, 28 in an unknown district, 26 in Turtle Mountain and 20 in Dauphin, with the balance spread through other districts.
New cases reported during the weekend include:
• 811 in the Winnipeg health region
• 83 in Southern Health-Santé Sud
• 64 in Prairie Mountain Health
• 44 in Interlake-Eastern
• 18 in Northern
There are 210 people in Manitoba hospitals as a result of COVID-19, of whom 17 are in Prairie Mountain Health.
There are a total of 52 people in intensive care units as a result of COVID-19 in Manitoba, of whom three are in Prairie Mountain Health.
The province put stricter health measures in place Sunday in order to crack down on the number of contacts made with people from outside their household. This included shutting down gym and fitness centres, prohibiting in-restaurant and patio restaurant dining, prohibiting indoor gatherings and limiting outdoor gatherings to a maximum of five people, among other measures.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.9 per cent provincially and 13 per cent in Winnipeg.
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