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Exactly a year after Manitoba reported its first COVID-19 infection, health officials reported another death related to the virus and 104 additional cases Friday.
Manitoba reported its first infection from the coronavirus March 12, 2020.
Since that case 32,607 Manitobans have contracted COVID-19, according to provincial records, and 912 Manitobans have died.
The virus’s latest victim is a woman in her 80s linked to an ongoing outbreak at the Convalescent Home in Winnipeg.
While vaccination efforts have seen more than 99,000 doses administered across the province, health officials have said two more-contagious variants of the virus have been identified in Manitoba over the last few weeks.
On Friday Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, said another confirmed case of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern, first identified in the United Kingdom, has been identified in the province. The case is from the Winnipeg Health region and is related to travel, he said.
On Thursday the province warned of three possible public exposures to a probable B.1.1.7 variant, at two restaurants and a hair salon in Winnipeg over the weekend.
Manitoba has so now reported 12 cases of B.1.1.7 as well as 11 cases of another variant of concern, the B.1.351 strain, first discovered in South Africa.
Friday’s new infections were identified across the province, with 51 reported in the Northern Health region, 37 reported in the Winnipeg Health region, five found in the Southern Health region, five cases were reported in the Prairie Mountain Health region, and six reported in the Interlake-Eastern Health region.
Manitoba’s active caseload dropped to 872 on Friday, Roussin said, and the province’s five-day test positivity rate is 4.1 per cent.
That number is three per cent in Winnipeg, he added.
There are 154 people in hospital and 22 patients in ICU a result of COVID-19 as of Friday morning, Roussin said.
Meanwhile health officials have declared an outbreak at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sarto, Man.
Roussin said anyone who attended any events at the church on Feb. 21 should go for testing should they come down with any COVID-19 symptoms.
A previously declared outbreak has ended at Red River Place Personal Care Home in Selkirk, the province said.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,195 tests for COVID-19 were done Thursday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since last February to 546,239.
Manitoba announced 91 new cases and three additional deaths from the virus on Thursday.
According to provincial data, Manitoba has so far received 159,220 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada, or enough to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose.
The province said Friday it expects to receive 20,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and 14,040 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week.
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