Early October continues to be a bad time for Northern Manitoba when it comes to new COVID-19 infections.
More than 30 new infections in the region were announced for the second day in a row Oct. 8.
There were 33 new cases in the north since yesterday, according to the Manitoba’s government’s COVID-19 website. On Thursday, 37 new cases were announced. Over the first seven days of October, almost 150 new cases were confirmed in Northern Manitoba, which has more than 230 active cases right now.
About half of the new cases appear to be in the Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb health district, where a lockdown has been instituted. The number of active cases in the community went from 73 yesterday to 90 today. There are 70 active cases in the Norway House health district, 26 in the Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak district, 17 in the Island Lake district and 12 in The pas/Opaskwayak/Kelsey district. Northern districts with under 10 active cases include Cross Lake/Pimicikamak (6), Thompson/Mystery Lake (4) and Flin Flon/Snow Lake/Cranberry/Sherridon (3).
Five new coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Manitoba since Thursday
Overall, Manitoba had 130 new cases today as well as two more deaths. 1,217 people have died of COVID-19 since in the province since the pandemic began and there are 90 people in hospital due to the virus, up five from Thursday, including 14 people in intensive care. Hospitalizations of northern residents remained the same as Oct. 7, with six people in hospital om Friday, including one in intensive care.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate is 3.4 per cent and 97 of the new infections announced Friday were in people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 69 per cent of Manitobans with active COVID-19 infections are not fully vaccinated. Only 19 per cent of active cases currently in hospital involve fully vaccinated people and only 11 per cent of intensive care patients with active infections are fully vaccinated.