The Manitoba government reported Dec. 6 that there had been 539 new cases of COVID-19 identified throughout the province in a three-day period, including 191 cases on Saturday, 211 on Sunday and 137 on Monday.
77 of the new cases on Monday affected people who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and the provincial test positivity rate has risen to 6.3 per cent.
The province also reported six more deaths as a result of the virus, making the total number of Manitobans who have died as a result of their infections since the pandemic began 1,334. 65 of those who died were northern residents, including one whose death was announced last week.
Northern Manitoba saw 79 new cases of COVID-19 identified Dec. 4-6, including 14 on Monday. Eight of the new cases Dec. 6 affected people who are not fully vaccinated against the virus. The test positivity rate in the north was 6.6 per cent on Dec. 1, putting it about level with the Prairie Mountain and Interlake-Eastern health regions. Over the two week period from Nov. 18-Dec. 1, test positivity in the north ranged from a high of 10.1 per cent to a low of 5.2 per cent. There have been 115 positive tests for the virus in Northern Manitoba in the first five days of December.
152 Manitobans are in hospital due to COVID-19, 30 of them in intensive care. These numbers include six northerners, one of whom is in intensive care.
The north had more than 300 active cases on Dec. 6, including 124 in the Island Lake health district and 76 in the Bunibonibee/Oxford House/Manto Sipi/God’s River/God’s Lake health district. There are 14 active case sin the Bay Line health district and two in the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district.
77.3 per cent of Manitobans aged five or older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 81.7 per cent have received at least one dose. 27,941 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine had been administered to Manitoba children aged five to 11 as of Monday morning, which represents about 22 per cent of all Manitoba children in that age group.
51 per cent of active COVID-19 cases in Manitoba affect people who are unvaccinated, while 62 per cent of those in hospital with active infections have not received even one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Of the patients with active cases in intensive care, 92 per cent are unvaccinated.