11 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported in Manitoba today

Daily COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop in Manitoba as public health officials announced 11 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Monday.

That’s the lowest daily case count for the province since Sept. 17, when Manitoba also had 11 new cases.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate is three per cent, while in Winnipeg it is 1.8 per cent, after 1,240 tests were completed Monday,

There are currently 110 Manitobans in hospital with COVID-19, with 26 people in intensive care.

The cases reported Monday were in the following health regions: five in Southern; three in Winnipeg, two in Interlake-Eastern, and one in Northern. 

There were no new cases in the Prairie Mountain heath region, according to a news release from the province.

The two deaths of people with COVID-19 recorded over the weekend were a man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7, or alpha, variant of concern, and a man in his 50s from Southern health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern. Those deaths were recorded on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. 

The province is no longer issuing COVID-19 news releases on weekends, which means updates on Saturdays and Sundays come from Manitoba’s online dashboards. 

Those data portals offer less information than what’s typically included in a news release. For example, they do not provide the age or health region of the people who died from the illness. Those details are now released on Mondays. 

Critical level in Steinbach

An outbreak has been declared at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, about 64 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg. The centre has been moved to the critical (red) level in the province’s pandemic response system. 

Meanwhile, an outbreak at the L4W unit in the Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg has been declared over, according to the province. 

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