Two northerners were among seven Manitobans who died as a result of COVID-19 infections since Monday, the provincial government announced Oct. 28.
Both northern residents were women in their 60s with infections caused by unspecified variants of concern. Based on information on the provincial government’s COVID-19 website, it appears the women were residents of the Norway House and Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake health districts.
The total number of Manitobans who have died from coronavirus infections since the pandemic began in March 2020 is 1,244. 61 of those who have died were Northern Manitoba residents.
Manitoba reported 319 new cases of the virus over the past three days, including 73 on Tuesday, 130 on Wednesday and 116 today. 78 of today’s new cases affect people who are not fully vaccinated against the virus.
About a third of the cases over the past three days – 103 – are in the province’s north, including 34 new cases today, 20 of them in people who are not fully vaccinated.
The north has more than 460 active cases of COVID-19, including 242 in Norway House, 127 in Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb and 50 in Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake, all of which saw the number of active cases increase since yesterday. There are 16 active cases in the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district.
82 Manitobans are in hospital due to the virus, including 24 in intensive care. 17 of the total number of Manitobans in hospital and four of the intensive care admissions are northern residents.
The five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba is 3.8 per cent.
61 per cent of active infections affect unvaccinated people, while 32 per cent are in fully vaccinated people. Unvaccinated people make up 71 per cent of patients in hospital with active cases, compared to 21 per cent who are fully vaccinated. 84 per cent of intensive care patients with active infections are unvaccinated while 16 per cent are fully vaccinated.