COVID-19 Cases on the rise in Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa Region

By Don Norman

The latest provincial data points to four active cases in the Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa region. These newest cases have all come in the last few days. In the government’s November 4 release, they had indicated that the Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa active case load had dropped to zero. It is unknown if the active cases were connected to any of the previous cases noted.

The data from the Powerview-Pine Falls region is a little more encouraging. The province has listed an active case load of seven, which is down from a high of 9 a week ago. Also, while it is not reflected in the provincial report, Sagkeeng recently announced that they are free of active cases, whereas a week ago they had five cases. It seems likely that there is a lag in reporting the recovered cases. So it is possible that three of the recoveries that Sagkeeng reported have not made their way through the provincial reporting system, and therefore the caseload in the PVPF region could be as low as four right now. The Advocate has reached out to the Interlake Eastern Health Authority to explain the discrepancy and they responded that they will look into it.

It’s important to note that, in terms of Manitoba Health releases, “Powerview-Pine Falls” includes the actual municipality, but also Sagkeeng, Manigotagan, Bissett, Hollow Water and Black River. It does not include the East Beaches or St. Georges. The Pinawa/Lac du Bonnet Region also includes the entire RM of Alexander as well as the RM and town of Lac du Bonnet and the LGD of Pinawa.

Provincially, Public health officials advise three additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.5 per cent provincially and 9.3 per cent in Winnipeg, and 365 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., which brings the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 8,495.

Today’s data shows:

  • 16 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
  • 16 cases in the Northern health region;
  • nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 91 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
  • 233 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
  • 5,152 active cases and 3,234 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
  • there are 192 people in hospital with 28 people in intensive care; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 109.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,143 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 288,568. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials advise that in order to maintain the capacity for testing symptomatic people, testing appointments for people who are asymptomatic will not be booked unless directed by public health. At this time, individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may be turned away from testing sites. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.

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