Local COVID-19 cases continue to rise

There are now between 12 and 18 active cases locally

By Don Norman

Manitoba Health’s daily COVID-19 report included four new cases of COVID-19 identified in the local area – two in the Powerview-Pine Falls region and two in the Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa Region. That means there are now six active cases in the LdB/Pinawa region. The Powerview-Pine Falls region is tricky to estimate because Sagkeeng, which is included in the Powerview-Pine Falls region, is also releasing their own list of COVID-19 cases and recoveries. The province has listed an active case load of nine cases in the region, but on November 6, Sagkeeng announced that they are free of active cases. The provincial data doesn’t include three of the recent recoveries from Sagkeeng in their data. The Advocate reached out to the Interlake Eastern Health Authority on Monday to ask if they could explain the discrepancy. They responded that they will look into it, but have yet to receive an answer.

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. When the Advocate uses the phrase “local cases” we mean all the cases in the Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa and Powerview-Pine Falls regions (i.e., the local coverage area of the paper).

In the Interlake Eastern Health Region(IEHR), the province announced 26 new cases and there are now 430 active cases in the entire health region. There have been a total of five deaths. There have been no deaths yet reported in the local area. Earlier in the day, the province announced that the IEHR would be joining the rest of the province with a Critical (Red) level in the COVID-19 Response.

Provincially, public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today, including:

  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
  • a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Seine River Retirement Residence;
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home outbreak, and
  • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital outbreak.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.6 per cent provincially and 10 per cent in Winnipeg, and 384 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed due to being out of province, which brings the net new cases to 383 and brings the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 8,878.

Today’s data shows:

  • 26 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
  • 41 cases in the Northern health region;
  • 18 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 83 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
  • 216 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
  • · 5,390 active cases and 3,374 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
  • there are 207 people in hospital with 30 people in intensive care; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 114.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,762 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 290,560. 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.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Bethania Mennonite personal care home in Winnipeg, Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, St. Amant Health and Transition Services in Winnipeg, Extendicare Tuxedo Villa personal care home in Winnipeg and Brightwater Senior Living of Tuxedo in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
Officials advise the COIVD-19 outbreaks on the B5 unit at St. Boniface Hospital and at Birds’ Hill School have been declared over. The unit and school will return to regular operations.

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