Coronavirus Canada Updates: 69 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths reported in Manitoba

Coronavirus Canada Updates: 69 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths reported in Manitoba
Coronavirus Canada Updates: 69 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths reported in Manitoba

140 newly identified cases of more contagious coronavirus variants also announced.

Manitoba public health officials announced 69 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths, including a patient in Ontario.

This is the third consecutive day of double-digit numbers after more than two months of triple-digit increases.

The deaths include a man in his 20s from the Interlake-Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern, and a man in his 60s from the Southern Health region, linked to the same variant.

The other two deaths in Manitoba are both women in their 70s from the Winnipeg health region. One is linked to the alpha variant and the other is linked to an as-yet-unspecified variant.

A spokesperson for Manitoba’s provincial health organization, Shared Health, announced Tuesday that a man in his 50s, who was moved to Ontario on May 30 for COVID care, has died.

His death is not part of the current fatality count but will be added in the coming days, the spokesperson said.

The total number of Manitobans who have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic is now 1,129, not including the most recent death in Ontario. Of those deaths, 137 were related to variants of concern.

There are 33 new cases in the Winnipeg health region, 16 in the Southern Health region, 15 in the Northern Health Region, four in the Interlake-Eastern health region and one in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

The seven-day average has fallen to 126. The highest average so far during the 15-month pandemic was 482, recorded May 22.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 7.6 per cent provincially (down from eight on Monday) and 6.6 per cent in Winnipeg (down from 6.9).

There are 224 Manitobans in hospital with COVID-19, including 71 receiving intensive care. Of those ICU patients, 57 are in Manitoba hospitals, 13 are in Ontario and one is in Alberta.

A total of 10 COVID-19 patients from Manitoba have died while in out-of-province ICUs since the first people were sent to Ontario in mid-May.

In all, 57 critically ill COVID patients have been sent out of province for care since May 18. That includes 53 to Ontario, two to Alberta and two to Saskatchewan. Thirty-three have since returned to Manitoba to continue their care, Shared Health said.

The province also announced that COVID outbreaks at the Dauphin River Health Centre medical unit and the St. Maurice Daycare in Winnipeg have been declared over.

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