400 active cases of COVID-19 in the north with 55 new cases announced Nov. 19

Northern Manitoba saw one of its highest one-day COVID-19 case counts announced Nov. 19, with 55 new positive tests, including 34 from tests performed yesterday.

Eighteen new cases were reported in the Grand Rapids/Mosakahiken/Moose Lake/Easterville/Chemawawin health district, which now has 62 active cases, and 17 in The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation/Kelsey health district, which now has 179 active cases. There were also six new cases in the island Lake region and three in the Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake health district.

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Two new cases were reported in the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district.

There are currently 400 active cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Regional Health Authority and 13 northern residents in hospital, none of them in intensive care.

Provincewide, 475 new positive tests for the virus were announced on Thursday, and there are 263 in hospital due to COVID-19, 43 of them in intensive care.

The government also announced eight new deaths from the virus on Thursday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 198, more than 100 of which have been announced since Nov. 1.

New pubic health orders are also coming into effect, the province announced Nov. 19, which will restrict who can visit private residences and what sort of products can be purchased in person from stores.

“We saw people gathering at rallies [last weekend],” said chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin at Thursday’s news conference with Premier Brian Pallister. “We saw crowded parking lots at big box stores. These are not just numbers that I’m announcing every day. These are people. These are Manitobans.”

“The right to shop is not as important as the right to life,” said Pallister, who also warned against holding demonstrations like the anti-mask rally in Steinbach last weekend. “Don’t gather and protest without a mask on and endanger yourself and others.”

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