1 death, 63 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba on Monday

Manitoba reports 63 more COVID-19 cases on Monday and one more death.

Of the new cases, more than half — 36 — are in the Northern Health Region.

There are 25 new cases in the Winnipeg health region, two cases in the Southern Health region and no new cases in the Interlake-Eastern and Prairie Mountain health regions.

A woman in her 80s from the Northern Health Region died of COVID-19.

“Our numbers for the most part continue to improve, trend in the right direction, as do our hospitalization numbers. However, we still see many individuals in hospital, still see many individuals still in intensive care,” Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said at a news conference.

“There continues to be a need for us to be on guard. The variants of concern add to that need. We are still at risk.”

The five-day test positivity rate — a rolling average of the number of tests that come back positive — is 3.5 per cent in Manitoba, up from 3.3 per cent on Sunday. The rate is 2.4 per cent in Winnipeg, up from 2.3 per cent.

There are 164 people in the hospital with COVID-19, up from 159 the day before, with 22 in intensive care units.

The number of cases involving coronavirus variants of concern in the province remains at nine. That includes a case of B1351 — the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa — announced Friday. The case was found in the Winnipeg region.

The province is ramping up testing of all COVID-19 samples to test for the B1351 variant as well as the B117 variant, Roussin said.

Possible exposure at church

Public health officials are warning of a possible COVID-19 exposure at a Winnipeg church on Thursday.

The exposure took place at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Church, 160 Euclid Ave., between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

High-risk contacts have already been contacted by public health officials, but anybody concerned about their exposure should call Health Links to be screened to see if they need to be tested.

More to come

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Manitobans will get a look at the latest COVID-19 numbers today as officials update the public following the first weekend with relaxed restrictions in effect.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief public health officer for Manitoba, will deliver the latest on coronavirus in the province at 12:30 p.m. CT.

CBC News will live stream the news conference here, on CBC Gem and on Facebook and Twitter.

The update comes three days after a broad range of reopenings and increases to gathering sizes in Manitoba.

The latest round of relaxed restrictions, which took effect Friday, increased outdoor gathering sizes at private residences from five to 10 in addition to residents. Households are also now allowed to choose between sticking with the previous rule on indoor gatherings that allowed two designated visitors per home, or forming a “bubble” with one other household.

Nearly all businesses, restaurants, retail and indoor recreational facilities are now permitted to reopen at limited capacity.

Exceptions include casinos and bingo halls. Indoor theatres and concert halls remain closed to the public, but rehearsals are now permitted for professional symphonies, dance troupes, operas and ballets.

Daily cases have declined considerably since peaking late last year. The drop in cases, hospitalizations and deaths coincided with a gradual loosening of months-long provincewide closures.

Manitoba announced two more deaths on Sunday and 56 new cases. The provincial test positivity rate was 3.3 per cent, up 0.2 per cent from Saturday, and 2.3 per cent in Winnipeg. The number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 stood at 159.

Manitoba is approaching one year since the first cases were detected in the province on March 12, 2020.

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