2 more deaths, 153 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Manitoba on Saturday

Manitoba announced 153 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, along with two more deaths related to the illness.

That brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the province to 50.

The latest deaths, both women in their 70s, involve previously announced cases of the virus, the province said in a news release Saturday. One of those cases was linked to an outbreak at Misericordia Place personal care home in Winnipeg.

Of the new cases, 91 are in the Winnipeg health region and 24 are in the Southern Health region. The Northern and Interlake-Eastern health regions each reported 15 new cases, and another eight are in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

As of Saturday, there are 65 Manitobans in hospital with the illness, setting a new record in the province. That includes 10 people in intensive care.

Those numbers jumped from 51 hospitalizations, including eight in intensive care, on Friday, when 163 new cases of COVID-19 were announced.

An outbreak was also declared in a third unit of St. Boniface Hospital Friday, as more people at the Winnipeg hospital tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal memo.

Last week, outbreaks were declared in St. Boniface’s E5 and E6 medical units. As of Wednesday, 11 patients and five staff had tested positive.

Meanwhile, two people have tested positive for COVID-19 at College Louis Riel, according to a letter to parents on Friday.

One person was at the school on Oct. 16, and the other was there on Oct. 19. Both may have been infectious at the time.

Four cohorts are shifting to remote learning.

Public health officials are identifying close contacts and they were being advised to self-isolate and possibly be tested.

Another outbreak was declared at a jail in the province. The Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie has been elevated to red, or “critical” according to the province’s colour-coded pandemic response system.


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