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Man in his 50s becomes 83rd northern resident with COVID to die

The number of Manitobans with COVID-19 admitted to hospital and ICU in the week leading up to March 23 was higher than the week before.
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15 Manitobans with COVID-19 died in the past week and the number of new hospital and ICU admissions went up slightly from the previous week.

On Northern Manitoba resident was among 15 people with COVID-19 who died in the province in the past week, the provincial government said in its March 24 weekly COVID bulletin.

The northern resident, whose death was reported March 24, was a man in his 50s whose case was linked to a COVID-19 outbreak at Health sciences Centre in Winnipeg.

He is the 83rd northerner with COVID to die since the pandemic began.

1,739 Manitobans with the virus have died in the approximately two years since the pandemic began.

In the week leading up to March 23, the first week since the last provincial public health orders expired, 128 people with COVID-19 were admitted to hospital in Manitoba, up 4.9 per cent from the previous week, when there were 119 new hospitalizations. Intensive care admissions rose to 11 from 7 the previous week, a 57 per cent increase.

The overall number of Manitobans with COVID-19 in hospital continues to drop however, with 369 patients March 24 compared to 395 a week earlier. The number of patients with COVID in ICU rose by one from March 17 to 18 total patients a week later.

34 northerners with COVID-19 are hospitalized as of March 24, down from 43 a week earlier, and three of them are in ICU, down from four on March 17.

About a quarter of the new cases reported from limited testing March 24 affected northern residents. All but two northern health districts still have COVID cases listed as active and three of those districts have more than 100 active infections. There are 35 confirmed active cases in the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district.

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