More than 1,200 COVID-19 cases in care homes: The latest on Manitoba outbreaks

CBC Manitoba has made an at-a-glance breakdown of COVID-19 outbreaks in the province. Data will be updated as new info becomes available.

Here's a breakdown of COVID-19 outbreaks in the province. Data will be updated as new info becomes available

The Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, Man., has had outbreaks in its medical, emergency and surgical units. Some of those outbreaks were declared to be over as of Nov. 25. (Justin Fraser/CBC)

Manitoba has set a new record for the number of COVID-19 deaths announced in a single day, as Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported 16 more deaths on Tuesday.

Eight are linked to outbreaks at Manitoba personal care homes and assisted living facilities, he said.

The province also reported 283 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 178 cases in Winnipeg.

Over the weekend, the province reported the death of the youngest Manitoban to die from COVID-19 to date, with the death of a boy under the age 10 from the Winnipeg health region announced on Saturday.

One person was fined on Sunday after RCMP vehicles blocked churchgoers from attending a drive-in service at the Church of God near Sarto, Man., south of Steinbach. Current public health orders say places of worship must close and religious services can only be attended virtually.

RCMP said Sunday they advised about 125 people of the orders and gave them the option to return home or continue on and be fined. One man decided to continue on and was given a $1,296 fine.

Also this weekend, an outbreak at a personal care home in Opaskwayak Cree Nation was declared over. The outbreak, which was declared on Oct. 21, saw all 28 residents and at least 17 staff members test positive and the military was called in to help.

This week, teachers in the Winnipeg School Division will lead its students through a mock run of online learning as practice for the possibility that they will have to deliver classes remotely.

Latest outbreak numbers, at a glance

Health care

There are currently eight active COVID-19 outbreaks at health-care centres in Manitoba, including five Winnipeg hospitals.

Outbreaks at Carman Memorial Hospital in Carman, St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg and Swan Valley Health Centre in Swan River have been declared over as of Dec. 1.

  • Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg: Five people have died, while 52 patients and 37 staff have tested positive as of Dec. 1, due to outbreaks in multiple units at Health Sciences Centre. An outbreak in the hospital's GA4 unit was declared on Nov. 4. It has led to the deaths of three patients, along with the infection of 23 patients and 19 staff, Manitoba Shared Health says. On Nov. 16, Shared Health announced outbreaks also had been declared in the hospital's GH3 and GA3 units. As of Dec. 1, one person had died and nine patients and eight staff had tested positive in GH3. One patient has died, and eight patients and five staff have tested positive in the GA3 unit. In the hospital's GD4 unit, 12 patients and five staff have tested positive.
  • St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg: In an update on Nov. 23, the hospital said "the number of units classified as outbreak units has been reduced from two (E5 and E6) to zero." A total of 29 patients and 20 staff tested positive after an outbreak that was declared on Oct. 16. A total of 13 people died in connection with the outbreak.
  • Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg: A total of 15 people have died due to an outbreak at the hospital, as of Dec. 1, a provincial spokesperson said. A total of 86 people have tested positive. Most of the cases — 78 of them —  and all of the deaths are linked to the 5N and 5S units. A total of 43 staff and 35 "non-staff" have tested positive in those units, and 37 cases remain active. The hospital also has a second outbreak in Unit 4 South, the geriatric rehabilitation unit, where four staff and four "non-staff" have tested positive. Seven of those people have recovered as of Dec. 1.
  • Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach: Three people have died and 35 people have been infected due to multiple outbreaks at the centre. One person died as a result of an outbreak declared in the hospital's medicine unit on Oct. 29. That outbreak was linked to 23 infections in total, with 16 staff and seven "non-staff" infected. An outbreak was also declared in the emergency department at the centre, where two patients have died, and two staff and eight "non-staff" have tested positive. On Nov. 17, the province announced an outbreak had been declared in the centre's surgical and obstetrics unit. The outbreaks in the surgical and emergency units have been declared over as of Nov. 25.
  • Swan Valley Health Centre in Swan River: The province declared an outbreak at this health centre and the attached Swan Valley Personal Care Home on Oct. 25. It was declared over on Nov. 20, after resulting in six staff infections and five "non-staff" infections, according to the province.
  • Carman Memorial Hospital in Carman: One person has died as a result of the outbreak, with four staff and eight "non-staff" infections, as of Nov. 30. The outbreak was declared over on Dec. 1.
  • Grace Hospital: Health officials announced an outbreak in the hospital's Unit 3 North, where three staff and two "non-staff" have tested positive, as of Dec. 1. A second outbreak was declared in the hospital's Unit 4 South on Nov. 27, but numbers for that unit have not yet been released. A third outbreak was declared in Unit 2 South on Dec. 1, but numbers have not yet been released.
  • Concordia Hospital: An outbreak was declared in Unit 3 West on Nov. 26. Four staff and two "non-staff" have tested positive as of Dec. 1. A second outbreak was declared in Unit N2 East on Dec. 1, but no case numbers were released.
  • Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern: An outbreak was declared at the hospital on Nov. 30. One staff member had tested positive as of Dec. 1.
  • Seven Oaks General Hospital in Winnipeg: An outbreak was declared in the hospital's Family Medical Unit 5U4-7 on Dec. 1, but case numbers have not yet been released.
  • St. Anthony's General Hospital in The Pas: An outbreak was declared at the hospital as of Dec. 1, but case numbers have not yet been released.

Care homes

Manitoba has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at more than 60 care homes and assisted living centres. The outbreaks have resulted in at least 168 deaths and more than 1,369 cases as of Dec. 1.

The deadliest outbreak at a Manitoba care home is at Maples Long Term Care Home, which is owned by the private company Revera. Before that, the deadliest outbreak at a Manitoba care home was at Parkview Place in Winnipeg, which is also owned by Revera.

The provincial government has launched an investigation into the two care homes.


  • Some outbreaks have not yet been entered into the province's database, so totals are not available at this time for some facilities.
  • Outbreaks at Meadowood Manor, Golden West Centennial Lodge, Swan Valley Lodge, and The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg have been declared over.


Manitoba had recorded 675 cases of COVID-19 in schools as of Nov. 17, a spokesperson for the province said. A total of 513 of those cases were students, and 162 were staff members.

Some of those cases are linked to outbreaks, which are declared when there is evidence of transmission at the school — that is, if there is evidence that someone became infected by someone else while at the school.

Due to delays entering data on school exposures, the province has not provided current total infection numbers since Nov. 17.

  • Centre Scolaire Léo-Rémillard in Winnipeg: outbreak declared Oct. 30. As of Nov. 17, three staff members and 17 students had tested positive, the province said. Health officials declared this outbreak over on Nov. 27.
  • Collège Louis Riel in Winnipeg: outbreak declared Oct. 29, entire school later moved to remote learning. As of Nov. 17, 11 staff members and eight students had tested positive, the province said. Health officials declared this outbreak over on Nov. 27.
  • Arborgate School in La Broquerie: An outbreak was declared on Oct. 22. As of Nov. 17, three staff members had tested positive, the province said.
  • Reston School in Reston: An outbreak was declared on Nov. 13. As of Nov. 17, one staff member and six students had tested positive.

The province's first school outbreak was at Winnipeg's John Pritchard School, which the province says was linked to 28 cases of COVID-19: four among staff members and 24 among students. It was declared over on Oct. 20.

Another outbreak, at Bird's Hill School in East St. Paul, was declared on Oct. 20, and was declared over on Nov. 10.

You can find the full list of possible exposures, including school exposures, on the province's website. 


The province declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Keeyask generating station construction site in northern Manitoba on Nov. 3. The outbreak was declared over on Nov. 30.

On Nov. 16, Manitoba Hydro announced it was bringing workers back to the construction site. 

As of Nov. 27, there were 28 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among Manitoba Hydro workers at the site, and 11 presumptive cases. All of those are now considered recovered, though, and Hydro now says there are no active cases at Keeyask.

First Nations

The Assembly of Manitoba First Nations and the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Co-ordination Team said on Nov. 13 that more than half of the 63 First Nations in the province have reported cases since the pandemic began in March.

As of Nov. 30, there were a total of 1,779 active cases of COVID-19 among First Nations people in the province, the pandemic response team says. That includes 608 active cases on-reserve and 1,171 off-reserve.

Correctional facilities

As of Nov. 30, there were active cases of COVID-19 in eight Manitoba correctional facilities, with 448 total infections — 86 among staff and 362 among "non-staff."

The greatest caseload by far is at Headingley Correctional Centre, where an outbreak was declared on Oct. 13. That outbreak has led to infections in 42 staff and 202 "non-staff" as of Nov. 27.

An outbreak at the Women's Correctional Centre in Headingley was declared over on Nov. 30.

An outbreak was also declared at the federal Stony Mountain Institution on Nov. 14, which as of Nov. 30 had led to 127 infections — 112 inmates and 15 staff members — making it the second-largest outbreak in a Manitoba correctional facility. 


  • An earlier version of this story said a new order prohibiting the sale of non-essential items would come into effect on Saturday, Nov. 21. In fact, the order came into effect on Friday, Nov. 20, but retailers were given until the following day to remove items from shelves or block off areas of stores.
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