After 10 months of serving as a COVID-19 vaccination super site for Northern Manitoba, the Thompson Regional Community Centre will be vacated by screeners and immunizers after Dec. 1, the provincial government announced Nov 29.
COVID-19 vaccines will become available again Dec. 7 at a regional pop-up clinic at 15 Selkirk Avenue, in the same complex that houses Shoppers Drug Mart. It will be open 11 a.m to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The TRCC has served as the COVID-19 vaccination site in Thompson since February.
23 Manitobans have died as a result of COVID-19 since Nov. 22. including 11 over the four days up to and including Nov. 29. One of these was a northern resident, the 64th Northern Manitoban to die from the virus since the pandemic began. According to data on the provincial government’s COVID-19 website, the person who died, a woman in her 60s whose death was reported Nov. 28, was a resident of the Bay Line health district, the first person from that area to have died from the virus. Across Manitoba, 1,315 people have died since the coronavirus was first detected in the province in March 2020.
From Nov. 26-29, 495 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Manitoba, including 153 on Friday, 124 on Saturday, 132 on Sunday and 86 on Monday. Most of these cases were in the southern health region, which had 216, followed by Winnipeg with 148. There were 50 cases in the northern region over that time span.
Slightly less than half of the new cases identified in Manitoba on Monday affected people who are not fully vaccinated.
10 of Monday’s new cases were in the north, three of them affecting people who are not fully vaccinated.
The north has just over 300 active cases of the virus, including 101 in the Island Lake health district, 73 in the Bunibonibee/Oxford House/Manto Sipi/God's River/God's Lake district, 50 in the Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb health district and 49 in the Norway House district. The Thompson/Mystery Lake district has three active cases.
Across Manitoba, 142 people are in hospital due to the virus, 25 of them in intensive care. This includes seven northerners who are hospitalized due to COVID-19, one of whom is in intensive care.
The five-day test positivity rate across Manitoba was 5.1 per cent on Nov. 29.
52 per cent of people with active infections and 53 per cent of people hospitalized with active infections were unvaccinated on Nov. 29. while 84 per cent of Manitobans in intensive care with active infections had received no doses of COVID-19 vaccine.