North sees 30 new cases of COVID Feb. 25 but hospitalizations, test positivity in Manitoba decline

Northern Manitoba had 30 new cases of COVID-19 announced Feb. 25, mostly in the Cross Lake, Island Lake and Thompson areas.

Ten new cases were reported in the Cross Lake/Pimicikamak health district and there were eight in Island Lake and seven in the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district, which reached 800 total cases exactly since the pandemic began with the addition of those new infections. The new cases took the north to 4,804 cases since the start of the pandemic.

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Provincewide, there were70 new cases on Thursday, 31 of them in Winnipeg. However, a data correction that removed three previously announced cases meant the net increase was 67.

COVID-related hospitalizations went down in the province Feb. 25, from 207 in total to 196, while the number of patients with active infections went from 81 yesterday to 75 today. The number of people in intensive care also dropped, from 29 to 26, as did the number of active cases in ICU, which dropped by one to 10. The five-day provincial test positivity rate also decreased, from 4.6 pr cent yesterday to 4.3 per cent today.

The north had the same number of residents in hospital, at 25, but the number with active infections increased by one, to 12. The number of northerners in intensive care remains at eight, three of them with active infections.

One new death related to the virus was announced on Thursday. 888 people have died from COVID-19 in Manitoba since the pandemic began.

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