As of Friday, 34 additional patients in hospitals in Manitoba with COVID-19

There are still 34 COVID-19 patients in hospital in Manitoba on Friday, the province said in a press release.

The overnight increase brings the total number of people hospitalized with the disease to 297.

That includes 34 people in intensive care units, the release said, an increase since Thursday.

Patients with COVID-19 make up more than a third of the province’s 96 total ICU patients, a spokesperson for Shared Health, which oversees the delivery of health care in Manitoba, said in an email.

Before the pandemic, the intensive care program capacity was 72 patients.

Manitoba reported 3,265 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, another record for the province, although the actual number of infections is likely eight to 10 times higher than what is reported each day, Dr. Jazz Atwal, the county’s deputy public health chief, said Wednesday.

With the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant causing a spike in cases overwhelming Manitoba’s testing capacity, many cases go unreported, so the daily case count is no longer the most accurate reflection of the impact of COVID-19 in the province.

The number of cases is expected to continue to rise as the province works to address a testing backlog of about 6,000 samples, the release said.

Just under two-thirds of the cases reported Friday — 2,168 — are in the Winnipeg health region. There are also 378 in the Southern Health Region, 285 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, 264 in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region, and 170 in the Northern Health Region.

There were 588 cases — just under 20 percent — among people who were not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the release said.

In the past six weeks, half of people hospitalized with the disease, 77 percent of those who ended up in intensive care, and 63 percent of those who died had not been fully vaccinated. online vaccination status dashboard say.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate rose to 44.4 percent, the release said, up from 43.5% on Thursday. In Winnipeg, that percentage is now 52.6 percent, up from 48 percent when it was last updated on Wednesday.

Test Capacity:

The province currently only conducts PCR testing on certain groups of people due to capacity issues.

Those groups include hospitalized patients with symptoms, those unable to take tests at home (such as children), those who may be eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment and need a PCR test to qualify, and other people at high risk.

PCR tests are also still used in Manitoba to confirm rapid tests that have tested positive for people in certain positions, including health professionals, education and childcare staff and elementary school students.

The province completed 5,389 more COVID-19 tests on Thursday, the release said.

No new deaths related to the disease were announced Friday, but more details have been released about six deaths reported on the county’s dashboard the day before.

The deaths include two men in their 50s from the Interlake-Eastern health region, one of whom died after contracting an unspecified strain of the coronavirus, the release said.

Two men in their 60s from the Southern Health Region also died, one of whom had contracted the Delta variant.

The other two deaths reported Thursday were a man and a woman, both in their 80s and from the Winnipeg health region, the release said.

Outbreaks Explained

Eleven more outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported in nursing homes in parts of southern Manitoba, the release said.

The places with new outbreaks are:

  • Poseidon Care Center in Winnipeg.
  • Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg.
  • Winnipeg Recovery Center.
  • Kildonan personal care center in Winnipeg.
  • River Park Gardens personal care home in Winnipeg.
  • Concordia Place personal care home in Winnipeg.
  • Lions Manor in Winnipeg.
  • Tudor House personal care home in Selkirk.
  • Sandy Lake Personal Care Home in Sandy Lake.
  • Fairview nursing home in Brandon.
  • Hillcrest Place personal care home in Brandon.

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