The province’s chief medical officer says he is not ruling out new public health restrictions after a recent spike in cases.
"Nothing’s off the table," Dr. Brent Roussin said during a news conference on Monday.
In April, Manitoba saw 4,800 cases of COVID-19. When the second wave hit the province in October, there were 4,100 cases of the virus. A four-month lockdown occurred shortly after.
From Saturday through Monday, by comparison, 800 new cases were reported in the province, with cases between March and April showing a 110 per cent increase, Roussin said.
"We’re seeing a concerning trajectory, going up in essentially every indicator. We’re starting to see that strain on the health-care system," Roussin said.
Existing orders are due to expire on May 25.
On Monday, the province announced the death of a man in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.
There are 250 cases of COVID-19 in the province. More than half of that number is located in Winnipeg. The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is eight per cent provincially and 8.7 per cent in Winnipeg.
The following is how Monday’s cases broke down by region:
• 20 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 15 cases in the Northern health region;
• 14 cases in Prairie Mountain Health;
• 18 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 184 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
• 117 people are in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 61 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 178 hospitalizations
• 32 people are in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 13 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 45 ICU patients;
• 2,593 active cases and 35,952 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 2,898 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 670,783.
The total number of deaths linked to COVID-19 is 979 with seven of those deaths linked to the variants of concern. The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba is 39,524.
COVID-19 ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
Rallies in Winkler and Winnipeg saw enforcement officers videoing and ticketing people violating public health orders.
Investigations are ongoing for events held during public health restrictions.
Manitoba Justice officials continue to follow up and investigate the rally at The Forks on April 25. A total of 20 $1,296 tickets have been issued so far. Additional charges are expected as the event is under investigation.