Another 34 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Manitoba as of Friday, the province said in a press release.
The overnight increase brings the total number of people hospitalized for the disease to 297.
That includes 34 people in intensive care units, the statement said, an increase since Thursday.
Manitoba has reported 3,265 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, another record for the province, although the actual number of infections is likely eight to 10 times higher than what is reported daily, Dr. Jazz Atwal, The province’s deputy chief public health officer said Wednesday.
With the highly contagious variant of the Omicron coronavirus causing a spike in cases that has exceeded Manitoba’s testing capacity, many cases go unreported, so the daily case count is no longer the most accurate reflection of the impact. of COVID-19 in the province.
The number of cases is expected to continue to rise as the province processes a backlog of tests of about 6,000 samples, the statement said.
Just under two-thirds of the cases reported Friday – 2,168 – are in the Winnipeg health region. There are also 378 in Southern Health Region, 285 in Prairie Mountain Health Region, 264 in Interlake-Eastern Health Region and 170 in Northern Health Region.
There have been 588 cases – just under 20% – among those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the statement said.
In the past six weeks, half of those admitted to hospital with the disease, 77 percent of those who ended up in intensive care and 63 percent of those who died were not fully immune, according to the online vaccination status dashboard said.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate rose to 44.4%, the statement said, from 43.5% on Thursday. In Winnipeg, that rate is now 52.6%, down from 48% in its last update on Wednesday.
The province is currently only doing PCR testing on certain groups of people due to capacity issues.
These groups include hospital patients with symptoms, people who cannot do home tests (such as children), people who might be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment and need a PCR test to be tested. eligible and other high-risk people.
PCR testing is also still used in Manitoba to confirm rapid tests that have tested positive for people in certain roles, including health care workers, education and child care workers, and students in Canada. primary.
The province performed 5,389 additional COVID-19 tests on Thursday, the statement said.
No new deaths from the disease were announced on Friday, but more details on six deaths reported the day before on the province’s scoreboard were announced.
The deaths include two men in their 50s from the Interlake-Eastern health region, one of whom died after contracting an unspecified variant of the coronavirus, the statement said.
Two men in their 60s from the Southern Health Region also died, one of them having contracted the Delta variant.
The other two deaths reported Thursday were a man and a woman, both aged 80 and from the Winnipeg health region, the statement said.
Eleven more COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes in parts of southern Manitoba, the statement said.
Places with new outbreaks are:
- Poseidon Care Center in Winnipeg.
- Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg.
- Winnipeg Convalescent Home.
- Kildonan Personal Care Center in Winnipeg.
- River Park Gardens personal care home in Winnipeg.
- Concordia Place Personal Care Home in Winnipeg.
- Lions Manor in Winnipeg.
- Tudor House personal care home in Selkirk.
- Sandy Lake Personal Care Home in Sandy Lake.
- Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon.
- Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home in Brandon.