21 new cases of COVID in Cross Lake Feb. 22 account for most of north’s 36 new infections

Northern Manitoba reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 Feb. 22, the bulk of them in the Cross Lake’/Pimicikamak health district.

There were 21 new positive tests for the virus in Cross Lake, which now has over 200 active cases after a rash of cases began popping up there a few weeks ago. There were also seven new cases reported in the Thompson/Mystery lake health district, as well as three in The Pas/Opaskwayak/Kelsey health district. Two other heath districts reported two new cases each and there were two others with one new case apiece.

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For Manitoba as a whole there were 97 new cases of the virus identified on Monday, including 54 in the Winnipeg region. Two more deaths were also reported and 886 Manitobans have now died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are 206 people hospitalized due to the virus, including 78 with active infections. Of those in hospital, 32 are in intensive care, including 14 whose infections are still considered active. There are 22 northerners in hospital, including 10 with active infections. Seven northern residents are in intensive care, including four with active infections.

A Feb. 17 Perimeter Aviation flight from Garden Hill First Nation to St. Theresa’s Point has been identified by the province as a flight with someone who has since tested positive for COVID-19 on board.

The current five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba is 5.4 per cent.

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