Manitoba records fewest new daily cases of COVID-19 in months March 1

Manitoba recorded its lowest number of new daily COVID cases since the first week of October March 1, with 35 new infections reported around the province, including 16 in Northern Manitoba.

There were also 16 new cases in Winnipeg, two in the Interlake-Eastern health region, one in the southern health region and none in the Prairie Mountain region.

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One more death as a result of the virus was announced by the province on Monday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 896.

Ten of the new northern cases announced Monday were in the Cross Lake/Pimicikamak health district, where Canadian Armed Forces personnel arrived last week to assist with the community’s outbreak response. There were also three new cases in the Thompson /Mystery lake health district, two in The Pas/Opaskwayak/Kelsey health district and one in the Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake health district.

There have been 4,911 total cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Regional Health Authority since the pandemic began and there are 601 active cases. Eighteen northerners are in hospital due to the virus, including six in intensive care. Eleven of those hospitalized are considered to have active infections, including four of those in intensive care, while the other seven, two of them in ICU, are no longer considered infectious.

There were 12 cases of COVID-19 in people connected to School District of Mystery Lake schools in the past two weeks up to Feb. 23, including three each at Burntwood School, Westwood School and Wapanohk Community School, as well as two at R.D. Parker Collegiate and one at École Riverside School. The fact that students or staff from these schools have tested positive for COVID-19 does not mean that the virus was acquired or transmitted while they were at the school

Provincewide, there are 184 people in hospital due to the virus on Monday, 68 of whom have active infections. Twenty-five of those in hospital are in intensive care, including 12 with active infections.

The five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba on March 1 was 3.9 per cent.

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