21 new cases of COVID-19 in the north June 8, including two in Thompson/Mystery Lake district

Manitoba reported 237 new cases of COVID-19 June 8 but removed three previously announced cases from the provincial total due to data corrections for a net increase of 234 cases.

144 of the cases were in Winnipeg, 42 in the southern health region, 21 in the north, 17 in the Prairie Mountain health region and 13 in the Interlake-Eastern region. 

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Nine of the new northern cases were in The Pas/Opaskwayak/Kelsey health district, while five other districts reported less than five new cases each, including  Thompson/Mystery Lake, where there were two new cases since yesterday and there are now six active cases.

There has been only one case in anyone linked to a school in Thompson in the past two weeks up to June 6, connected to someone associated with Burntwood School. There have also been two cases among people connected to Mel Johnson School in Wabowden over that same time period.

The five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba was 12 per cent June 8 and two more deaths were announced. 1,079 Manitobans have now died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

There are currently 300 people in Manitoba hospitals as a result of COVID-19, including 68 in intensive care. Thirty-six Manitobans are in intensive care in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Ontario. Thirty-three of those being treated out-of-province are in Ontario. Seventeen patients who have been treated out-of-province have returned so far, including one who came back yesterday. 

There are 13 Northern Manitobans in hospital, including three in intensive care.

61.5 per cent of northerners aged 18 and up have now received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and all health districts in the region have reached at least 50 per cent of adults with one dose. Four districts have less than 60 per cent of adults vaccinated, six have between 60 and 70 per cent vaccinated, one has between 70 and 80 per cent of adults vaccinated and four have more than 80 per cent vaccinated. 38,473 first doses of vaccine have been administered in the north along with 19,838 second doses. This includes 23,503 first doses and 13,579 second doses given to First Nations people.

Provincially, 69.4 per cent of people aged 18 and up and 66.7 per cent of those aged 12 and up have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

There have been 440 COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern in the north. 398 involve the B 1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom while 19 involve the B1.617.2 variant, a sub-type of the variant first identified in India. There have also been 23 cases linked to unspecified variants. These are usually close contacts of people who have tested positive for the other variants and are assumed to have the same variant type as their positive contact, making identification unnecessary.

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