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One-fifth of all Winnipeg COVID cases in Seven Oaks, provincial data reveal

New data released Friday shows the Seven Oaks health district is home to the largest number of Winnipeg's COVID-19 cases.

The northmost region of the city's 12 districts has recorded the highest number of total cases: 92, including 29 active and 63 listed as recovered. Seven Oaks makes up nearly one-fifth of all Winnipeg COVID-19 cases, which totalled 527 as of Friday afternoon (160 active, 362 recovered, one in hospital, five deaths).

The numbers were posted online for the first time Friday, showing how many active and recovered COVID-19 cases and deaths have been recorded in the 12 city districts (identified by the postal code on the patient's Manitoba Health card).

As of Friday, downtown Winnipeg had the highest number of active cases (33), with Seven Oaks second.

Fort Garry had the second-highest number of total cases: 68 (15 active, 53 recovered).

Five of Manitoba's 16 deaths related to the novel coronavirus pandemic involve Winnipeggers: two in River East, and one each in Assiniboine South, Point Douglas and River Heights.

The Winnipeg district with the fewest total cases was St. Boniface (three active, 11 recovered).

The area with the fewest active cases was St. James-Assiniboia (two).

Prior to this week, chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin suggested providing such geographical breakdowns for Winnipeg wouldn't be helpful, offering the example of a positive-testing patient who could live in the north, work in the west and visit family in the south.

Public Health is only providing the information now because Manitobans want it it, Roussin said Tuesday. "It's certainly not to be able to guide people's actions."

On Friday, officials reported 15 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba: eight in Winnipeg, three in Southern Health and four in Prairie Mountain Health.

There were 287 active cases in Manitoba. Twelve were in hospital, with four in intensive care.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases reached 1,393. The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate was 1.4 per cent, with 1,457 lab tests were completed Thursday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 151,807.

Meanwhile, leadership of Fisher River Cree Nation, 190 kilometres north of Winnipeg, has issued a bulletin alerting residents of a positive COVID-19 test in the community.

The individual was likely exposed last week to the virus in the Winnipeg health region, and is now in self-isolation, as are other traced contacts, the post reads.

The test has been sent to the provincial public heath lab for confirmation.

If confirmed, the case would be the first recorded on a Manitoba First Nation.

Officials were also advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19 that may have occurred Sept. 1 at the GRMC Vision Centre (20-144 6th St.) in Brandon, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Those who visited the location at this time are asked to monitor for symptoms.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corp. reported Friday a Winnipeg Liquor Mart employee at 1235 Pembina Hwy. tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating. They last worked Sept. 5, between 11:45 a.m. and 9:15 p.m. but were asymptomatic at the time, wore a mask, followed social-distancing protocols and continues to exhibit no symptoms, the Crown corporation said in statement.

Carol Sanders

Carol Sanders
Legislature reporter

After 20 years of reporting on the growing diversity of people calling Manitoba home, Carol moved to the legislature bureau in early 2020.

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Updated on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 12:22 PM CDT: Replaces graphic

12:31 PM: Tweaks opening sentence.

5:17 PM: Adds updated Manitoba numbers, Liquor Mart case

6:19 PM: Adds info about Fisher River case

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