New record high as Manitoba records 124 novel coronavirus cases, 1 new death, jail moves to critical

The province has recorded one more death and a new record-high number of novel coronavirus cases at 124.

The new numbers bring the number of active cases to 1,248 and 2,779 total cases, and the total number of deaths is now 35.

The man who died was in his 70s and was living in the Southern Health district, said officials.

Five people are in ICU, with 28 in hospital, 1,496 recoveries, 2,188 tests Monday and 213,669 tests in total.

The test positivity rate is now at 3.5 per cent.

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“An outbreak has been declared at the Headingley Correctional Centre. The site is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer.

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There are currently seven inmates and two staff who are infected, and more than 100 are isolating.

“The facility has taken measures to mitigate risk including separating contacts and cases from the rest of the population, coupled with discontinuing visitation and transfers, and enhanced use of PPE.”

Appointments coming

Dr. Brent Roussin said appointments to get tested for COVID-19 will be rolled out in the next few weeks.

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He said the plan will help alleviate lineups.

Roussin said he is still concerned about the rising numbers in Winnipeg.

“We are just two weeks into the restricted period for the region,” he said. “We are seeing numbers now of exposures that have occurred 10 to 14 days ago.

“We need to step up now, with Manitobans.”

Roussin said a man in his 40s who died over the weekend had no underlying conditions.

“It’s very rare … but it does happen,” he said, adding it’s usually seniors and the immunocompromised who are at most risk of dying.

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Read more: Second pop up site opens as COVID numbers continue to rise in Manitoba

Manitoba health officials had their hands full over the Thanksgiving weekend, with 97 new cases identified Saturday, 54 on Sunday, and 77 on holiday Monday.

Saturday and Monday each saw two new COVID-19-related deaths, including a man in his 40s — the province’s youngest coronavirus victim to date — as well as the news that a Winnipeg police officer and staff at three Manitoba jails have become infected.

To deal with increased demand for COVID-19 tests, Manitoba opened a new drive-thru testing site on Nairn Avenue Tuesday. The site has capacity for 200 daily tests, increasing to 400 tests a day as of Thursday.

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-with files from Sam Thompson

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