Over the past 10 days, 40 percent of people in Steinbach who have been tested for COVID-19 have had their results come back positive, Manitoba’s top doctor divulged Friday.
Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, said the 10-day test positivity rate in Hanover is "30 percent and climbing." In Ste Anne/La Broquerie, it’s 20 percent.
By contrast, Winnipeg’s test positivity rate is 13.7 percent.
Roussin began his daily briefing by addressing the worsening situation in Southern Health, where 114 new cases were announced.
The hotspot in the region is Steinbach, where Roussin said 30 to 40 people are testing positive daily. He attributed that to "widespread community-based transmission" and said the province is "looking at other strategies" for addressing it.
Roussin also said local hospitals should brace for another wave of incoming patients.
"The larger the case numbers, the more we expect of these (to become hospital) admissions seven to 10 days down the road."
Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa relayed another sobering statistic at Friday’s briefing: it took 248 days for the first 100 Manitobans to die from COVID-19; it took just 13 more days for another 100 to die.
Nine more deaths from the virus were reported Friday, including a man in his 60s from Southern Health.
A man in his 20s from Winnipeg became the youngest Manitoban to die from the virus to date.
"We even have a baby right now with COVID-19," Siragusa said.
Ninety of the province’s 100 ICU beds are currently occupied, 43 with COVID patients. Half of the people on ventilators in Manitoba are COVID patients.
Steinbach currently has 355 active cases. Hanover has 148 and Ste Anne/La Broquerie has 84. Tache has 41, Niverville/Ritchot has 47, St Pierre/De Salaberry has 27, and Red River South has 9. Rural East has 21 and Whiteshell has seven.