Province reports death of a northern resident in their 20s from COVID-19 April 28

Number of cases and variants connected to Riverside School in Thompson revised downward from yesterday

Northern Manitoba had only five new cases of COVID-19 reported April 28 but also the 44th death of someone from the region, a female in her 20s.

Two other deaths were also reported on Wednesday. 971 Manitobans have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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There were 189 new cases of the virus reported in the province on Wednesday, including 124 in Winnipeg, 27 in the Prairie Mountain health region, 17 in the Interlake-Eastern health region and 16 in the southern health region, though three previously reported cases were removed from the provincial total due to data corrections for a net daily increase of 186 cases.

The five-day test positivity rate in the province April 28 was 7.5 per cent. At least 134 people were in hospital due to the virus, 789 of them with active infections. Twenty-five of those with active infections were in intensive care, as were five others who are no longer considered infectious. These numbers did not include hospitalizations from the Prairie Mountain region, the province said, due to issues with provincial data systems.

The number of cases in the north determined to have been caused by variants of concern rose to 51 April 28, including 47 caused by the B.1.1.7 or United Kingdom variant and four that are uncategorized. Data regarding cases connected to schools in Thompson changed online from yesterday. The province is still reporting six cases connected R.D. Parker Collegiate and one connected to Burntwood School in the two weeks leading up to April 26 but has reduced the number connected to Riverside School to five, while yesterday it was listed as 10. The online data also says now that four of those cases connected to Riverside involve variants of concern, compared to eight yesterday.

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