Test positivity rate, hospitalizations due to COVID down from the previous day July 15

Two new COVID-19 cases in Northern Manitoba were announced July 15 but the number of northerners in hospital due to the virus dropped for the second day in a row.

Across the province, there were 42 new cases, including 18 in the Interlake-Eastern health region, 14 in Winnipeg, five in the Prairie Mountain region and three in the southern health region. One previously announced case was removed form the provincial total due to a data correction for a net daily increase of 41 cases.

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The five-day test positivity rate dropped from four per cent on Wednesday to 3.4 per cent on Thursday.

There are three fewer COVID patients in Manitoba hospitals – 126 – compared to the previous day and two fewer – 29 – in intensive care. Four northern residents are in hospital due to the virus, down from five on Wednesday, one of them in intensive care. Two Manitobans are in intensive care units in Ontario as a result of COVID. They were transported there during the height of the third wave when Manitoba was running out of intensive care beds.

One death from the virus was announced on Thursday, the 1,164th death of a Manitoban from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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