Manitoba reported 342 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend and two new pandemic deaths.
Public health said 97 cases were detected Saturday, 149 were detected Sunday, and 96 cases were reported Monday.
Of the cases reported Monday, there were 45 in Southern Health, 22 in Winnipeg, eight in the Northern Health region, 13 in Interlake-Eastern, and eight in Prairie Mountain.
Sixty-three of the new cases were in people who were not vaccinated against COVID-19, seven were in people who were partially vaccinated, and 26 were in fully immunized people.
Manitoba’s pandemic death toll was 1,248 as of Monday.
The death of a man in his 70s from Prairie Mountain and linked to the outbreak declared at Benito Personal Care Home was reported Saturday; the death of a woman in her 70s from Northern Health was reported Monday.
There are currently 19 active cases at the Benito Personal Care Home and 17 residents have been infected with the virus; one person has recovered.
Public health also provided additional information about two deaths reported Friday. A man and a woman both in their 60s and from Southern Health died due to the disease.
The five-day test positivity rate provincewide was 4.6 per cent and 1.6 per cent in Winnipeg; 1,954 tests were performed Sunday. There were 1,273 active cases in Manitoba as of Monday.
A total of 98 patients were being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, including 25 in intensive care. Eighty-five per cent of active cases in intensive care Monday involved people who were not vaccinated.
Manitoba Public Health has also declared an outbreak at École Régionale Notre-Dame, in Notre Dame de Lourdes, among grades 11 and 12. A total of six cases have been tied to the outbreak, including two staff members.
Unvaccinated students are self-isolating and the school has been moved to the restricted (orange) on the pandemic response system.
The province’s COVID-19 vaccine task force also announced it would bring in more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by mid-November. Currently, there are no shots of the viral-vector vaccine in the province.
"If an individual received AstraZeneca for their first dose, it is recommended that their second dose be an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) unless otherwise directed by a health-care provider," the vaccine task force said Monday.
The task force also advised the Manitoba COVID-19 immunization app has been updated to include the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential.
If people notice the lot number for one or more vaccine doses is not displayed on the pan-Canadian vaccine credential, they are asked to fill out an online form (forms.gov.mb.ca/covid-immunization-record-request) or call 1-844-626-8222 to request to have the lot number updated.
Lot numbers may be required for travel, the province said.
Danielle Da Silva
Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.