North sees 18 COVID cases, second vaccine doses now available to those who got first shot by May 4

Northern Manitoba reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 June 9, including eight in The Pas/Opaskwayak/Kelsey health district and three each in the Thompson/Mystery Lake and Flin Flon/Snow Lake/Cranberry/Sherridon health districts. 

Provincewide, there were 250 new cases of the virus announced Wednesday, including 136 in Winnipeg, 48 in the southern health region, 32 in the Interlake-Eastern health region and 16 in the Prairie Mountain health region.

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Two more Manitobans have also died as a result of COVID-19, taking the province’s total death toll to 1,081, and the five-day test positivity rate is 11.5 per cent.

There are now 293 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Manitoba hospitals, including 67 in intensive care. These numbers include 13 Northern Manitobans, three of whom are in intensive care.  There are also 30 Manitobans in intensive care units in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 21 patients previously being treated in ICUs outside the province have now returned to Manitoba, including four who came back from Ontario yesterday. There are 27 Manitobans in Ontario ICUs.

Eligibility for second doses of COVID-19 vaccines expanded Wednesday to include anyone who received their first dose on or before May 4. 

To date Manitoba has received 1,041,040 doses of vaccine, with 87,750 more Pfizer doses and 3,500 Moderna doses expected this week. Manitoba has also received 7,500 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine.

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