COVID-19 cases climb in Manitoba on Wednesday, another linked to care home outbreak

By | August 26, 2020

WINNIPEG — Another 25 cases of COVID-19 have been announced in Manitoba on Wednesday, with another case being linked to the outbreak at a personal care home in Steinbach.

Public health officials say as of Wednesday morning, the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate has reached more than three per cent.

“It is important to note that the trend in current five-day test positive rate is affected by positive results related to targeted testing in known clusters,” the province said in a news release, adding the current rate is 3.1 per cent.

The new cases announced in Manitoba on Wednesday include:

  • one in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
  • eight in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • seven in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
  • nine in the Winnipeg health region.

These new cases bring the total number of active cases in Manitoba to 408.

NEW CASE LINKED TO PERSONAL CARE HOME OUTBREAK

One of the new cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud region is linked to the outbreak at the Bethesda Place care home in Steinbach. Health officials say there are currently eight cases linked to the care home.

“Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks,” the province said.

On Tuesday, the province announced another person, a woman in her 90s, had died due to COVID-19, and had been connected to Bethesda Place.

The number of COVID-related deaths remains at 13.

THE AREAS IN MANITOBA WITH THE MOST CASES OF COVID-19

Since March, Manitoba has seen 1,043 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, there are eight people in hospital, one of whom is in intensive care.

So far, 622 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the province.

Currently the Prairie Mountain Health Region has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, with 206 active cases identified as of Wednesday. The majority of these cases are in the Brandon district, which has 120 active cases.

Not including Brandon, the districts in Manitoba with the highest number of active cases include:

  • Winnipeg, which has 100 active cases;
  • Asessippi, which has 51 active cases;
  • Niverville/Ritchot, which has 24 active cases; and
  • Lorne/Louise/Pembina which has 11 active cases.

On Tuesday, 1,206 laboratory tests were completed, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 129,409. 

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