Province's COVID-19 data error leads to apparent jump in Manitoba hospitalization numbers

The province says data on COVID-19 hospitalizations in Manitoba was incomplete on Tuesday because it didn't include patients in Brandon.

Brandon data missing from Tuesday's update added to Wednesday's number; province says issue has been fixed

A nurse attends to a COVID-19-positive patient in an intensive care unit on Jan. 13. The number of COVID-19 patients receiving intensive care in Manitoba is now 23. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

The province says it has corrected data on Manitoba's COVID-19 hospitalizations, after Tuesday's numbers didn't include patients in Brandon.

The province reported 434 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Monday and 406 on Tuesday.

The reported number jumped to 436 on Wednesday, but officials say that increase was because the Tuesday data didn't include patients in Manitoba's second-largest city.

Those numbers were added to Wednesday's data.

"The issue has been corrected to prevent this occurring in the future," a provincial spokesperson said in an email on Wednesday evening.

The number of COVID-19 patients receiving intensive care is now 23.

In total, there are 94 patients in Manitoba ICUs, including both COVID and non-COVID patients, up from 90 on Tuesday.

Manitoba also reported three new deaths from the illness on the province's online data dashboard Wednesday.

Two of the deaths are in the Winnipeg health region and one is in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

The total number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in Manitoba is now 1,703. 

There were 210 new lab-confirmed cases reported Wednesday. That number is a believed to be significantly lower than actual new cases because the province limits access to PCR testing and doesn't track rapid test results. 

There are 76 new cases in the Winnipeg health region, 48 in the Northern Health Region, 37 in the Prairie Mountain Health region, 25 in the Interlake-Eastern health region and 24 in the Southern Health region.

On Tuesday, 1,132 PCR tests were done.

The five-day provincial test positivity rate is 13 per cent, down from 13.9 per cent the day before.

As of Wednesday, 86.3 per cent of eligible Manitobans have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82.3 per cent have at least two doses, the vaccine dashboard says. Just over 44 per cent have had a booster shot.


  • An earlier version of this story, based on data from the province, said the number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 jumped by 30 on Wednesday. In fact, the province later clarified that Tuesday's data was incomplete, which led to the apparent jump in hospitalizations.
    Mar 09, 2022 5:25 PM CT