Third northerner dies of COVID-19 as total number of cases in the province passes 10,000 mark

A woman in her 40s from the Bunibonibee/Oxford House/Manto Sipi/God’s River/God’s Lake health district is the third person from the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) to die from COVID-19.

Her death was one of five COVID-19 deaths announced by the provincial government Nov. 13, bringing the total since the pandemic began in March to 137. Ninety-seven of those deaths have occurred in the last 30 days and 41 within the last week.

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With 437 new cases of COVID-19 across the province announced Nov. 13, the total number of cases in Manitoba passed 10,000. In the last week of October, there were fewer than 5,000 total cases.

Twenty-eight of the new cases announced Friday were in the NRHA, including 11 in The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation/Kelsey health district, about 10 in the Grand Rapids/Mosakahiken/Moose Lake/Easterville/Chemawawin health district, which now has the third-highest number of active cases in the north, and three in the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district.

There are 231 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 10 in the NRHA. Of those hospitalized, 34 are in intensive care, including one northern resident. There are 26 COVID-19 patients on ventilators as of Friday morning, said Manitoba chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa.

Manitoba chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said there have been 818 COVID-19 cases linked to health care facilities, personal care homes and correctional facilities in the last 30 days.

The test positivity rate on Friday was 11.6 per cent.

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