First Covid-19 death reported Powerview-Pine Falls Region

By Don Norman

One local resident has become the local region’s first COVID death. Today’s Manitoba Health COVID-19 report 18 deaths in the province, including “a male in his 60s from the Interlake–Eastern health region.” The Covid-19 IERHA breakdown graph indicates one death in the Powerview-Pine Falls region.

Active cases, recovered cases and deaths in the Powerview-Pine Falls and Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa regions.

That brings to the total number of active cases in the Powerview-Pine Falls to 50. Eleven more cases than on December 10, when cases had doubled overnight from 19 to 39 cases in the region. Those 50 active cases saw Powerview-Pine Falls leapfrog Peguis to become the region with the second most active cases in the entire IERHA. The Northern/Remote region has the most with 123.

Sagkeeng Frist Nation (which is included in the Powerview-Pine Falls region) publishes a separate tally of COVID-19 cases and had reported 2 new cases as of 4pm today for a total of 23 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, and there is a lag in when how the province reports recovered cases, there is no way to correlate the two datasets.

Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa region remains unchanged at three active cases.

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 addition to the death in the Powerview-Pine Falls region, the province, reported 17 more deaths in the province including:
· a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region;
· a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
· a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Park Manor Care Home;
· a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
· a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
· a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
· a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
· a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Oakview Place Personal Care Home;
· 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; 
· 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 male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Oakview Place Personal Care Home;
· a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
· a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Bethesda Regional Health Centre;
· a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Park Manor Care Home; and
· a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region linked to the outbreak at Park Manor Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.9 per cent provincially and 13.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 360 new cases of the virus have been identified however two cases were removed, bringing the new total to 358. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 20,750.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
· 56 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
· 52 cases in the Northern health region;
· 26 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
· 28 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
· 198 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
· 5,630 active cases and 14,637 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
· there are 289 people in hospital with 42 people in intensive care due to COVID-19; and
· the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 483.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,585 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 386,007. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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