A day after reporting only nine new cases of COVID-19, the Northern Regional Health Authority had 70 new cases announced Jan. 13, more than any other region in the province, including Winnipeg.
Lynn Lake and Thompson accounted for most of the new cases in the north announced Wednesday, with 37 and 14 cases respectively. There were also 15 cases in First Nations, said Manitoba’s acting deputy chief public health officer Dr. Jazz Atwal.
“We’ve had a number of cases … related to larger households and some spread amongst households as well so there’s work being done to contain and mitigate the spread of virus in those communities,” said Atwal, adding that some of the new positive tests from Lynn Lake today are lab confirmations of rapid tests. “There’s a couple of point-of-care testing devices out there that public health is using with their partners on the ground to look at case identification in a real fast manner to mitigate risk.”
The heath district that includes Lynn Lake now has 95 active cases of the virus while there are 68 active cases in the Thompson/Mystery Lake health district. The Town of Lynn Lake has a population of less than 500 people.
The new cases pushed the total number of COVID-19 cases the north has seen since the pandemic began to 2,550 and the 26th death fo a northern resident, a man in his 50s, was among five deaths reported in Manitoba, where 753 people have died of COVID-19 since last March.
There were 158 new cases of the virus announced in Manitoba on Wednesday, 61 of which were in Winnipeg.
Hospitalizations for people who have or have had COVID were at 289 Jan. 13, including 119 active cases. There were 36 people in intensive care due to COVID-19, 19 of whom have infections that are still considered active. There are 16 northerners in hospital with active cases and two who are no longer considered infectious. Three of them are in intensive care.
The five-day positivity rate for COVID-19 tests in Manitoba was 9.6 per cent as of Wednesday.