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Northern resident among nine Manitobans who have died of COVID-19 over the last five days

Coronavirus-related death of man in his 50s is the 56th for Northern Manitoba since the pandemic began.
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Northern Manitoba had seven new cases of COVID-19 Oct. 12 and has more than 200 new infections since October began, with two health districts in the region currently reporting more than 100 active cases each. The 56th coronavirus-related death of a northern resident was also reported Oct. 10.

A man in his 50s from Northern Manitoba whose death was reported Oct. 10 is the 56th resident of the region to die as a result of COVID-19.

His was one of nine deaths related to the coronavirus reported by the provincial government Oct. 12. Seven of the others who died were residents of the southern health region, while one lived in Winnipeg.

1,224 Manitobans have now died as a result of COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began.

The province reported 479 new infections over the last five days on Tuesday, including 161 in the south, 106 in the north, 102 in Winnipeg, 68 in the Prairie Mountain health region and 42 in the Interlake-Eastern  health region. There were 130 new cases of COVID-19 provincewide on Friday, 90 on Saturday, 114 on Sunday, 79 on Monday and 66 today. Twenty-four of today’s new cases affect southern health region residents and another 24 are from Winnipeg, while the north reported seven new infections, six of them in people who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate was 3.9 per cent Tuesday.

Northern Manitoba has seen 220 new infections in October, about a third of which were confirmed by lab tests since Oct. 8.

There are more than 280 active cases of the virus in Northern Manitoba, the vast majority in Norway House, which has 106 active cases as of Oct. 12, according to the provincial government’s COVID-19 website, and the Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb health district, where there are 103. There are also 38 active infections in the Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake health district, 18 in the Island Lake district, 10 in The Pas/Opaskwayak/Kelsey health district, six in the Cross Lake/Pimicikamak district and four in the Thompson/Mystery Lake district.

85 Manitobans are in hospital due to COVID-19, including nine northern residents. 16 of those in hospital are in intensive care, including two people from the north.

34 of the new infection reported Monday were in unvaccinated people and eight in partially vaccinated people. 

62 per cent of active infections affect unvaccinated people, compared to 30 per cent who are fully vaccinated and nine per cent who are partially vaccinated.

65 per cent of active cases in hospital are unvaccinated, 31 per cent are fully vaccinated and four per cent are partially vaccinated.

82 per cent of intensive care patients are unvaccinated, nine percent are partially vaccinated and nine per cent are fully vaccinated.