Twenty-three more Manitobans have died of COVID-19, and 716 patients were in hospital Monday with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Twenty-three more Manitobans have died of COVID-19, and 716 patients were in hospital Monday with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Hospital admissions are down slightly in the province, but more Manitobans are requiring critical care.

Intensive care admissions increased 8.1 per cent last week compared with the previous week, according to provincial data Monday.

The province said there were 40 new ICU cases for the seven days ending Jan. 20. During the same time period, there were 367 new hospitalizations, a 0.3 per cent decrease from the previous week.

The province’s pandemic death toll is now 1,515.

According to the government’s pandemic online dashboard, 716 people with COVID-19 were in hospital as of Monday morning, including 49 in intensive care.  Late Monday afternoon, Shared Health updated the number to 52. 

There were a total of 102 ICU patients; the pre-pandemic baseline capacity was 72.

Total hospital admissions increased by 52 COVID-19 patients over the weekend (since Jan. 21).

There were 536 new cases confirmed through PCR testing, as of Monday morning. The test positivity rate provincewide was 33.3 per cent. Just 1,985 tests were processed by provincial labs, as of Monday morning.

The province is no longer tracking the majority of positive COVID-19 cases because PCR testing is limited and Manitobans using rapid tests are not able to report their results. Case numbers are decreasing but all positive results are not being recorded.

Outbreaks were declared at three Manitoba personal care homes and two health centres: Golden Door Geriatric Centre and Meadowood Manor in Winnipeg; Bethesda Regional Health Centre (medical ward) in Steinbach; Westman Nursing Home in Virden; and Assiniboine Centre at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

The 23 Manitobans who have died since Jan. 21 include nine reported in provincial data Saturday: a woman in her 70s from Prairie Mountain; three women in their 70s from Winnipeg; a man in his 80s from Winnipeg; a woman in her 90s from Winnipeg and linked to the outbreak at Oakview Place (reported Saturday); a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s from Prairie Mountain and linked to the outbreak at Hillcrest Place (reported Saturday); a man in his 70s from Winnipeg and linked to the outbreak at Deer Lodge Centre Tower 7.

Eleven deaths were reported Sunday: a woman in her 60s, a man in his 80s and two women in their 90s from Winnipeg; a woman and a man in their 50s from Southern Health; a man in his 70s from Prairie Mountain; a woman in her 80s from Winnipeg and linked to the outbreak at West Park Manor; a woman in her 90s from Winnipeg and linked to the outbreak at Misericordia Health Centre; a man in his 80s from Winnipeg and linked to an outbreak at Health Sciences Centre, GA3 surgery; and a woman in her 90s from Prairie Mountain and linked to an outbreak at Rideau Park care home

Three deaths were reported Monday: a woman and a man in their 70s, and a man in his 80s, all from Winnipeg.