North passes 7,500 COVID cases since pandemic began with announcement of 41 new infections June 10

Northern Manitoba passed 7,500 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began with the announcement of 41 new cases June 10.

Nearly half of the new cases – 19 – were in residents of the Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake health district, while there were 10 new cases in The Pas/Opaskwayak/Kelsey health district. The Thompson/Mystery Lake health district had one new case. There have now been 7,515 cases in the northern region over the course of the pandemic.

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Across the province, there were 251 new cases Thursday, including 142 in Winnipeg, 35 in the southern health region, 17 in the Prairie Mountain health region and 16 in the Interlake-Eastern health region. Four previously announced cases were removed due to data corrections for a net increase of 247 cases.

Manitoba also announced six deaths linked to COVID-19 on Thursday. 1,087 residents of the province have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

The five-day test positivity rate June 10 was 11.1 per cent.

286 people are in Manitoba hospitals as a result of COVID-19, including 64 in intensive care. There are also 30 Manitobans in intensive care units in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 23 patients who were treated in ICUs outside the province have since returned to Manitoba, including two who came back Wednesday. Two patients from Manitoba were transported to ICUs in London and Thunder Bay, Ont. June 9.

Fifteen of those hospitalized are Northern Manitoba residents, four of whom are in intensive care.

There have been 465 COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern in the north. 419 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 a variant first identified in India. There have also been 27 cases linked to unspecified variants. These are usually close contacts of people who have tested positive for a particular variant and are assumed to have the same variant type as their positive contact, making identification unnecessary.

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