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

Saturday's numbers come after new Manitoba records were set Friday for COVID-19 hospitalizations and the five-day test positivity rate.

One of the new deaths, a woman in her 70s, is linked to outbreak at Misericordia Place care home

One of the deaths announced on Saturday is linked to an outbreak at Misericordia Place personal care home on Furby Street. (Justin Fraser/CBC)

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.

On Saturday afternoon, a COVID-19-related death was reported by the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, a Jewish care home in Winnipeg where an outbreak was declared Friday.

"Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of this resident," CEO Laurie Cerqueti said in a letter to families.

Thirty people in Manitoba have died of COVID-19 so far this month. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

A spokesperson from the province couldn't confirm whether that death was among the two reported by the province earlier in the day. 

Record number of hospitalizations

Of the new cases announced Saturday, 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.

The new cases bring the total in Manitoba since the start of the pandemic to 4,088. The province listed 2,116 people as recovered on Saturday, with 1,922 cases considered active. The province has recently said the number of active cases may be skewed because of a data entry backlog.

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.

Manitoba again broke its record for most people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

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.

Victoria General moves to 'red' level

The province also announced Saturday that Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg is moving to the red, or "critical," level on the colour-coded pandemic response system after outbreaks in the hospital's 5N and 5S units were reported Thursday.

An outbreak was also declared Saturday at a provincial correctional facility. The Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie has also been elevated to the critical level.

The City of Winnipeg advised Saturday of a possible COVID-19 exposure on a Route 11 bus last Wednesday.

The passenger rode on the bus between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., boarding at Bell MTS Place on Portage Avenue and exiting at the City Hall stop, according to a news release.

The city says buses are cleaned with hospital-grade sanitizer once every 48 hours and masks are mandatory on board.

Single-use masks are available at Winnipeg Transit customer service centres for those who don't have their own.

The province said lab data, including daily and total testing numbers and the five-day test positivity rate, wasn't available Saturday because of scheduled systems upgrades. That data is expected to be available Sunday, the province says.

More possible exposures

  • Margaret Barbour Collegiate in The Pas on Oct. 14 and 16.
  • Scotiabank Otineka Mall in Opaskwayak from Oct. 13 to 15.
  • Scott Bateman Middle School in The Pas on Oct. 16.
  • Big Way Foods in Shoal Lake from Oct. 13 to 16.
  • Parkside Junior High School in Altona on Oct. 16.
  • Yellowquill School in Portage la Prairie on Oct. 9.
  • Governor Semple School in Winnipeg on Oct. 14.
  • Kidz Korner Infant Childcare in Winnipeg on Oct. 15.
  • Tuxedo Park School in Winnipeg on Oct. 14 and 15.
  • Division scolaire franco-manitobaine School Bus 80 in Winnipeg on Oct. 13 and 14.
  • Grant Park High School in Winnipeg on Oct. 13.
  • O.K. Before & After School Child Care Centre at Constable Edward Finney School in Winnipeg from Oct. 13 to 15.

More details about these possible exposures can be accessed by visiting the page for flights and events with confirmed COVID-19 cases on the province's website and clicking on each region.