Manitoba reports slight drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations, 11 more deaths

Manitoba says the province saw a slight drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations and 11 more deaths last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP

Health officials say 11 more Manitobans with COVID-19 have died while the province saw a slight decline in hospitalizations due to the virus last week.

The province’s latest epidemiology update shows 110 people were admitted to hospital between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5, down from 116 the week before.

Of the latest hospitalizations, eight were admitted to the intensive care unit, according to the report. The previous week saw seven ICU admissions due to the virus.

It’s not known how many people are currently in hospital and ICU as a result of COVID-19, because the province no longer reports those numbers.

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While 11 new deaths were reported last week, the province’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 2,256 in Thursday’s report— 24 more deaths than had been reported a week earlier.

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The province has said the number of deaths can fluctuate week to week as previous cases are confirmed or removed from the list.

There were also 11 deaths linked to COVID-19 announced in Manitoba in the province’s last epidemiology update covering Oct. 23-29.

Officials say the number of new cases dropped last week, with 341 lab-confirmed infections identified in the latest report, down from 411 the previous week.

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With an average of 320 tests completed a day, the positivity rate of lab tests fell to 25 per cent from 28.7 per cent the previous week.

Provincial case counts and test positivity rates don’t necessarily give an accurate picture of active infection rates, however, because the government has significantly scaled back testing and the data doesn’t include the results of tests done at home.

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Officials said there were nine outbreaks reported at Manitoba long-term care homes between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5

Wastewater surveillance data for Winnipeg shows a decreased activity of COVID-19 in the city from mid-October, officials said.

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