Northern Manitoba reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 Nov. 11, less than 12 hours before the entire province moves to the critical level on the Pandemic Response System effective Nov. 12.
There have now been 445 cases of COVID-19 in the north since the pandemic began in March. There were 290 active cases as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The second death of a northern resident from COVID-19 was also reported Nov. 11 – a female in her 60s from The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation/Kelsey health district. That was one of nine deaths announced Wednesday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 123.
Most of the new northern cases announced by the province Nov. 11 were in The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation/Kelsey health district, where there were 18 new cases, bringing the total to 151 active cases and 201 overall. The Cross Lake/Pimicikamak Cree Nation health district had four new cases Nov. 11, though the number of active cases dropped to 69. New cases were also reported among residents of the Grand Rapids/Mosakahiken/Moose Lake/Easterville/Chemawawin health district, which now has 18 active cases, the Norway House health district and the Sayisi Dene/Tadoule/Barren Lands/Brochet/Northlands/Lac Brochet health district, which now has three active cases.
Cases are identified by the home addresses on the health cards of people who test positive, though some may not currently be living in that health district.
Thirteen northern residents were in hospital due to COVID-19 Nov. 11, one of them in intensive care.
Across the province, there were 431 new cases of COVID-19 reported Nov. 11. There were 218 Manitobans in hospital due to COVID-19, 32 of them in intensive care. The current test positivity rate for the province is 10.7 per cent.