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3 COVID-19 deaths reported in Manitoba as hospitalizations drop by 9 | CBC News

Manitoba public health officials report three new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday and a nine-patient decline in hospitalizations.

There are now 720 people in hospital with the virus while the province’s death toll related to COVID-19 is now 1,524.

There have been 132 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in January in Manitoba. That makes it the fourth-deadliest month of the pandemic, so far.

The three worst months were all during the second wave: December 2020 (355), November 2020 (243) and January 2021 (162).

Among COVID-19 patients in hospital, 49 are in intensive care units, the same as Tuesday.

The latest deaths are a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s, both from the Winnipeg health region, and a woman in her 90s from the Interlake-Eastern health region linked to an outbreak at the Betel Home personal care home.

More details were also released about seven deaths reported Tuesday on the province’s online dashboard.

They include two men — one in his 50s and one in his 60s — from the Winnipeg region. The remainder are all from the Southern Health region: two men in their 70s, a woman in her 70s and two men in their 80s.

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“Hospitalization rates are high, although stable, and the same goes with ICU admissions at this point,” Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

“We’re continuing to see a significant amount of spread of COVID-19 in the community.”

There were another 637 cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday — the same number of cases reported Tuesday — although Roussin repeated that the numbers are a significantly underestimate of the actual number of new cases each day.

Many people are now using rapid tests, the results of which are not entered into the provincial database, and Manitoba has strictly restricted access to PCR tests at provincial sites to protect capacity.

Close to half of the latest reported cases are in the Winnipeg health region, which has 303.

There are another 110 in the Prairie Mountain Health region, 106 in the Northern Health Region, 71 in the Southern Health region and 47 in the Interlake-Eastern health region.

A breakdown of the latest cases by vaccination status can be viewed on a chart on the government website.

Despite the high numbers of hospitalizations and daily deaths, there is some evidence the pandemic’s current wave could be receding in Manitoba.

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Wastewater monitoring done by the National Microbiology Laboratory suggests the virus that causes COVID-19 was found in the largest quantities in Winnipeg at the beginning of January.

“However, since then we haven’t seen a dramatic decline and have seen quite variable levels, so we do have to keep a close eye on that information,” Roussin said.

“It’s still early to describe where, definitively, we are in this wave. We do know for sure that the virus is very much present in our community and circulating.”

The province is working with scientists at the National Microbiology Lab to analyze the data.

New outbreaks have been declared at:

  • Misericordia Place in Winnipeg.
  • Health Sciences Centre, GB3 unit, in Winnipeg.
  • Eriksdale Personal Care Home in Eriksdale.
  • Swan Valley Health Centre, extended treatment unit, in Swan Valley.

Previously announced outbreaks are now over at the Children’s Hospital, CK5 oncology unit, in Winnipeg, the Seven Oaks General Hospital, units 4U4-7 and 4U8-12, in Winnipeg, the Brandon Regional Health Center, 400 medical unit, and the Thompson General Hospital, obstetrics and neonatal unit.

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