A Winnipeg boy under the age of 10 died from COVID-19, the youngest person to die of an illness in Manitoba.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose steadily on Saturday, reaching a record high of 327 – up from 322 on Friday, the province said in a news release. Of those, 44 were in intensive care.
With the announcement of 487 new cases of Manitoba illness came horrific updates, the third-highest single-day increase ever.
Of the nine other deaths announced on Saturday, five were related to a known outbreak in Manitoba.
One of them is a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s connected with Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home, a man in his 80s with Fairview Home in Brandon, a woman in her 80s with Heritage Lodge Long Term Care Home in Winnipeg in the 90s The occupant is connected to Park Manor Care in Winnipeg.
The remaining deaths announced on Saturday were two women from the Winnipeg health area (in their 60s and 80s), a man in his 60s from the Interlake-Eastern Health area and a woman in her 80s from the southern health area, the provincial release said.
The latest deaths bring the number of coronavirus-linked deaths in Manitoba to 290.
COVID-19 outbreak announced at Unit GD4 at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, and at the Manitoba Developmental Center in Portage la Prairie – a long-term care facility for residents with intellectual disabilities. Both sites have moved to a critical red level on the province’s pandemic response system, the release said.
Meanwhile, the previously announced outreach at Aborgate School and Reston School in Law Brokerage is now over.
On Friday, Manitoba’s chief public health official warned again that the province had health care potential Extended to its limits, Record numbers of COVID-19 patients in the hospital and dozens in the intensive care unit.
“We do not have the capacity to maintain these numbers for long,” Dr. Brent Rausin told a news conference.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate – which returns to a positive average of COVID-19 tests – dropped slightly to 14.2 percent. In Winnipeg, that rate is now 13.9 percent, the province said.
There are now 16,118 COVID-19 cases identified in Manitoba, of which 6,804 cases are expected to recover. Although Rausin had previously said that the number had increased due to data entry backlog, another 9,024 cases were still being actively considered.
Two-thirds of the new cases announced on Saturday (307) were in the Winnipeg health area, while another fifth (104) were in the southern health area.
The remaining cases are spread across the Northern Health Region (38), Interlake-Eastern Health Region (23) and the Prairie Mountain Health Region (15).
On Friday, 2,640 COVID-19 tests were conducted in Manitoba, bringing the total to 348,768 completed in the province since the beginning of February.