For the first time since the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic reached Manitoba, no personal care home residents in Winnipeg are infected with the virus.

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For the first time since the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic reached Manitoba, no personal care home residents in Winnipeg are infected with the virus.

There have been no active cases among care home residents in the Winnipeg health region since April 1, the WRHA announced in an update Wednesday. It's the longest stretch of time without active cases among long-term care residents since Sept. 18, several weeks before COVID-19 cases surged in Manitoba after Thanksgiving.

Some staff members are still infectious; three care home employees have active cases of COVID, and four homes are considered to be in outbreak mode — two because staff members contracted the virus, and two where there are no longer any active cases.

In its statement, WRHA celebrated zero active cases among residents, describing it as a milestone.

"Our success in reaching this milestone is a result of our vaccination efforts, combined with the dedication of the staff, managers, and facility operators in Winnipeg's long-term-care sector to the health and safety of residents. Their dedication to providing the best care possible, despite the unprecedented and stressful circumstances of this pandemic, is to be saluted."

Nearly 4,900 Winnipeg care home residents are fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The regional health authority said most of Winnipeg's 39 long-term care homes have had their third round of vaccine clinics for new residents or for residents who were hospitalized or sick when immunization teams delivered the first and second doses.

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