Manitoba reports 2,154 cases of COVID-19, 8 deaths since Christmas Eve

Manitoba is reporting 2,154 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths over the last three days, the province said in a news release Monday.

Of those, a new record-breaking high of 785 cases are from Saturday, 694 are from Sunday and 675 are from Monday.

The five-day test positivity rate is 19 per cent provincially, up from 12.6 per cent on Friday. In Winnipeg, that rate is now 21.2 per cent, the release said — an increase from 14.7 per cent on Friday.

Public health officials believe approximately 75 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in Manitoba are now suspected to be the Omicron variant, the release said.

Six of the eight deaths reported are among people in the Southern health region: a male in his 20s and another in his 50s on Saturday, a female in her 60s on Sunday and three males — one in his 30s, one in his 40s and one in his 60s — on Monday, the province said.

The death of a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health Region was also reported Saturday.

On Sunday, the death of a male in his 30s from the Winnipeg health region was reported.

The total number of deaths reported in Manitoba has climbed to 1,378.

A total of 158 Manitobans are currently in hospital with COVID-19, including 114 active cases.

Twenty-five Manitoba COVID-19 patients are in intensive care, 20 of which are active cases, as well as five people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, according to the province.

New outbreaks have been declared at Kin Place, a personal care home in Oakbank, and Lodge 5 West at Winnipeg’s Deer Lodge Centre.

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