Active COVID-19 cases double in Powerview Pine Falls region

By Don Norman

Manitoba Health’s daily COVID-19 report included 19 new cases of COVID-19 in the Powerview-Pine Falls region, doubling the total of the day before.

Sagkeeng Frist Nation (which is included in the Powerview-Pine Falls region) publishes a separate tally of COVID-19 cases and had reported 9 new cases as of 4pm yesterday for a total of 22 active cases in the community.

The numbers Sagkeeng publish don’t exactly match to the provincial numbers. Because the two different authorities release their information at different times of the day, it’s not knowable how many of the 19 new provincial cases correspond to yesterday’s 9 cases announced in Sagkeeng.

Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa region remains unchanged at three active cases. But it is safe to say that approximately half of the active cases in the Powerview-Pine Falls region are in Sagkeeng.

It appears the outbreak in the local region is one now one of the most active in the Interlake Eastern Health region. The 19 new cases in Powerview-Pine Falls add up to more than half of the 39 new cases for the entire IEHR,

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).

Provincially, public health officials advise 13 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Villa Youville personal care home;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Charleswood Care Centre;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Charleswood Care Centre;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Charleswood Care Centre;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Charleswood Care Centre;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Park Manor Care Home;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Park Manor Care Home;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Charleswood Care Centre; and
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Charleswood Care Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.3 per cent provincially and 13.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 293 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case was removed due to a data correction bringing the new total to 292. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 19,947.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 39 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 41 cases in the Northern health region;
• 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 49 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 152 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 5,380 active cases and 14,116 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 298 people in hospital with 43 people in intensive care due to COVID-19; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 451.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,558 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 380,664. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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