43rd northern COVID death, possible exposure to variant at Thompson McDonald’s announced April 21

The provincial government announced one death from the north due to COVID-19 April 21 and possible public exposures to the B.1.1.7 variant at the Thompson McDonald’s on April 8, 10,11, 13 and 14.

The person who died was a man in his 50s. He is the 43rd northern resident to die as a result of the virus. The total number of deaths in Manitoba since the pandemic began is now 961.

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The potential exposures to the United Kingdom variant of concern took place from  4 p.m. to midnight April 8, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 13 and 14. Anyone who was there at those times and feels cold- or flu-like symptoms should isolate immediately and get tested.

Thirty new COVID cases in the north were among 164 lab-confirmed cases the province announced on Wednesday. There were also 76 in the Winnipeg region, 24 in the southern region, 19 in the Prairie Mountain region and 15 in the Interlake-Eastern region. Two previously announced cases were removed from the provincial total due to data corrections for a net daily increase of 162 cases.

The five-day test positivity rate is at 6.3 per cent provincially.

There are 137 Manitobans in hospital due to COVID, including 72 with active infections. Eighteen of those with active infections are in intensive care, as are 16 who are no longer considered infectious.

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