There are 37 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, including 30 in Winnipeg.
Another four of the new cases are in the Interlake-Eastern health region, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said at a news conference on Thursday.
There are two in the Southern Health region and one in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
The province has now confirmed the 19th death linked to COVID-19 in Manitoba was a woman in her 90s who lived at the Parkview Place personal care home in Winnipeg.
The company that runs that care home confirmed the death on Tuesday, though it did not say whether it was a man or a woman or how old the person was.
Seven residents and one worker at that care home had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.
Manitoba’s COVID-19 test positivity rate — a five-day, rolling average of the number of COVID-19 tests that come back positive — climbed again to 2.5 per cent on Thursday, Roussin said.
There are now 449 active COVID-19 cases in Manitoba; 365 of them — more than 81 per cent — are in the Winnipeg health region, according to provincial data.
Roussin’s news conference on Thursday comes after sustained increases in cases of the illness in Winnipeg, and pleas from health officials for people in the capital city to stick to the fundamentals: good hand hygiene, staying home when sick, covering coughs, physical distancing and wearing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible.
The increase in COVID-19 cases has also brought a surge in demand for testing in the city, which has resulted in long lineups and often hours-long wait times at Winnipeg test sites.
There are now 11 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba, including six in intensive care, Roussin said.
To date, there have been 1,711 cases of the illness identified in the province; 1,243 of those people have recovered.
The Carberry Plains Health Centre has now reopened and moved to caution yellow from critical red on the province’s colour-coded pandemic response system, Roussin said.
On Friday, 1,616 more COVID-19 tests were done in Manitoba, for a total of 171,661 completed in the province.
— CBC News