The Cross Lake/Pimicikamak health district was by far the leader in new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba Feb. 18, with 52 new cases of the virus announced.
That accounted for two-thirds of the 75 new northern cases, which also included nine from the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district and eight from the Island Lake health district.
More than half of all the new cases announced in Manitoba on Thursday – 139 – were from the Northern Regional Health Authority, which how has 521 active cases and 4,567 cases overall since the pandemic began. Winnipeg was the second-highest region for new cases, with 52.
There are 224 Manitobans in hospital due to the virus, including 84 with active COVID-19 infections. Twelve of those with active infections are in intensive care, while another 15 who are no longer infectious remain in ICU. There are 27 northerners in hospital as a result of the virus, 13 of them with active infections. One of the northern residents with an active infection is in intensive care and there are two other northerners who are no longer considered infectious in ICU.
Two more deaths from the virus were announced on Thursday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 878.
The five-day test positivity rate is six per cent provincially.