Manitoba continues to set records for single-day increases in COVID-19 cases, with 184 new infections reported Tuesday.
Previously, the largest such increase came Oct. 14, when 173 cases were reported. Roughly one incubation cycle, or 14 days, has passed since that date.
Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said Monday the R0, or R-naught, value for the province is nearing two. That figure, also called a reproduction rate, represents the number of people who may become infected from a single case.
Two patients at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg have died from COVID-19, after being diagnosed with the virus while receiving care, the province said Tuesday.
One man and one woman from Winnipeg, both in their 80s, mark the province’s 56th and 57th pandemic deaths, respectively.
According to the province, the two patients were linked to an outbreak at St. Boniface.
The hospital last provided an update Oct. 24, saying the outbreak has spread to three units and spawned 31 cases, including infections in 22 patients.
The province’s 58th pandemic death is a resident who was receiving care at Parkview Place long-term care home in downtown Winnipeg.
The woman in her 60s is the 19th such fatality associated with the facility. As of Monday, 92 residents had been infected with COVID-19. Thirty-five cases are considered active, 38 have recovered.
Since the outbreak was declared at the facility in mid-September, 29 staff members have been infected with the virus. Parkview Place currently has more than 200 residents.
On Tuesday, Winnipeg reported 144 new cases — the region's largest single-day increase — while 19 cases were reported in Southern Health, nine in Interlake-Eastern, eight in the Northern region, and four in Prairie Mountain Health.
There are 83 people in hospital, including 15 in intensive care with COVID-19.
According to the province, one case was removed from the totals due to a data error, bringing the total case count for Manitoba to 4,532.
The province said 1,721 lab tests were completed Monday — well below Manitoba's capacity of more than 2,500 a day.
The province-wide five-day test positivity rate was 7.5 per cent — another record.
According to public health, there are 2,238 active cases, though the number is inflated due to a backlog in reporting recoveries. The province said 2,236 individuals are considered recovered from COVID-19.
The public may have been exposed to the virus at a funeral in Cross Lake, officials said, after an individual attended the Oct. 18 gathering while infectious.
All other possible exposure locations are listed on the province's website.