36 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Manitoba on Thursday

There are 36 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths in Manitoba on Thursday.

A total of 1,192 deaths have been linked to COVID-19 in Manitoba, including 194 due to variants

Manitoba has conducted more than 929,000 COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. (Mikaela MacKenzie/The Canadian Press)

There are 36 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths in Manitoba on Thursday.

The province listed three deaths in its news release, however, because it includes a death from Wednesday.

The deaths include two men in their 70s from the Winnipeg health region, one of them linked to the B.1.617.2 or delta variant of concern. That brings the total number of deaths connected to delta into double digits, with 10 in Manitoba.

The other death reported Thursday is a man in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, whose death is linked to an unspecified variant of concern.

There are now 1,192 deaths linked to COVID-19 in Manitoba, including 194 due to variants of concern.

Of the 36 new cases, 24 are people who were not fully vaccinated, the province said.

There are 15 new cases in the Winnipeg health region (nine not fully vaccinated), nine cases in the Northern Health Region (eight not fully vaccinated), seven cases in the Southern Health region (four not fully vaccinated), three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region (two not fully vaccinated) and two cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region (one not fully vaccinated).

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.4 per cent provincially (down from 2.9 on Wednesday) and 1.5 per cent in Winnipeg. It was 1.6 per cent in the city on Monday, previously the most recent update for Winnipeg.

Numbers have gone up for hospitalizations — 70 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, up from 65 on Wednesday, with 15 of those patients in intensive care, up from 12.

A total of 2,420 laboratory tests were completed Wednesday, bringing the number since early February 2020 to 929,868.

The province's online variant dashboard on Thursday said 83 more cases have been linked to variants of concern. There were 81 cases added to the unspecified list, one more classified as the delta variant and one as the alpha, or B.1.1.7, variant.

Airport test site closing

A total of 1,909,852 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

As of Wednesday, 82.3 per cent of eligible Manitobans have received one dose and 77.1 per cent have received two, the provincial vaccine dashboard says.

Vaccine eligibility includes anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009. The date of someone's second appointment must be at least 28 days after the first.

The province announced Thursday that it is winding down the operation of the COVID-19 testing site at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport at the end of Saturday. Testing for domestic travellers can be done at multiple locations across Manitoba, the news release said.

One of Manitoba's vaccine supersites, the one in the Winnipeg Soccer Federation North facility on Leila Avenue, is now closed, but all other supersites in the province are offering both walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations.

Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). 

The province has an online service where the public can search for locations — supersites and partner clinics — offering vaccines in their area.