Manitoba reports 1,000th COVID death but new northern cases remain low

Manitoba’s new COVID-19 cases numbers and test positivity remained high May 12 but the north continues to see few new cases.

364 new cases of the virus were reported in Manitoba along with three deaths. There have now been 43,143 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba since the pandemic began and 1,000 people have died. The five-day test positivity rate May 12 was 12.1 per cent.

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223 of the new cases announced Wednesday were in the Winnipeg region, with 50 in the Interlake-Eastern region, 47 in the southern health region, 34 in the Prairie Mountain region and 10 in the north.

There are 221 people hospitalized due to the virus, including 162 with active infections. Fifty of those with active infections are in intensive care, as are 12 others who are no longer infectious. There are 13 northerners in hospital due to the virus. Five have active infections and one of those four is currently the only northern resident in intensive care.

Eleven northern health districts have active cases of the virus right now, with more than half of the region’s total in the Island Lake district, where there are 151 still listed as active. The Bunibonibee/Oxford House/Manto Sipi/God’s River/God’s Lake, Cross Lake/Pimicikamak and Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake districts have 24, 45 and 17 respectively. Other districts have fewer than 10 cases each, including three in Thompson/Mystery Lake and six in the Nisichawayasihk/Nelson House district.

There have been 97 cases in the north caused by variants of concern so far, 83 of which were identified as the B.1.1.7 or United Kingdom variant, with the other 14 uncategorized.

There has been only one case among anyone linked to a Thompson school in the last two weeks prior to May 9. That cases involves someone connected to Wapanohk Community School, though that does not mean it was acquired or transmitted at school.

30,919 northern residents have received first doses of vaccine and 8,772 have gotten second doses. These numbers include 19,234 First Nations citizens who have received first doses and  5,332 who have received second doses.

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