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6 deaths, 312 new cases of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba on Sunday –



Manitoba announced 312 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, along with six more related deaths — the most it’s ever reported in a single day.

That brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the province to 75.

The province’s current five-day test positivity rate — a rolling average of the number of COVID-19 tests that come back positive — is 8.9 per cent. That’s a new high for the province, and the fourth consecutive day that Manitoba has set a record for test positivity.

Of the six deaths reported Sunday and two additional ones announced late Saturday, four are connected to an outbreak at Maples Long Term Care home, including two women in their 80s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s, according to a provincial news release.

There are two deaths — a man in his 70s and another in his 80s — linked to an outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital.

A man in his 50s from the Steinbach district in the Southern Health region also died. 

There is no information about the man in his 60s from Winnipeg whose death was reported Saturday.

The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre announced the death of a resident related to COVID-19 in a statement posted on its website Saturday. (Travis Golby/CBC)

Meanwhile, the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, a Jewish care home, announced another death in a statement posted on its website Saturday.

“Our hearts are heavy and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of our resident,” the statement reads in part.

It’s the second recorded death of a resident at Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre. The first was announced on Oct. 24, after an outbreak had been declared there on Oct. 23.

No details were released about the latest death at the home.

It’s currently not known if the death is one of four announced by the Manitoba government on Saturday.

In addition, the union that represents poultry workers at a plant in Blumenort, Man. announced the death of one of its members.

As of Sunday, at least 75 Manitobans with COVID-19 have died. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

The Exceldor Co-operative worker had previously contracted COVID-19 and went home to self-isolate. It’s not known when this person died, or in which health region.

As of Friday, there are 52 positive cases, including 35 active. Two people have died.

“We want to offer our sincerest condolences to family, friends and fellow union-members working at Exceldor. When someone loses a family member or a close friend, it’s a stark reminder about how devastating this virus can be,” said Jeff Traeger, the president of UFCW Local 832.

238 cases in Winnipeg

Of the new cases, 238 are in the Winnipeg health region, 26 are in the Southern Health Region, 25 are in the Interlake-Eastern health region, 16 are in the Northern health region and seven are in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

There are 3,255 active cases, and 2,704 people have recovered.

On Saturday, 3,697 tests were completed — the most tests recorded for a single day. 

The current five-day test positivity rate in Winnipeg is 9.9 per cent, one percentage point higher than the provincial rate. But the province cautioned that number may be less reliable due to the smaller sample size. 

The province says there is still capacity in Manitoba’s intensive care units, as it reported 120 people in hospital, including 18 in intensive care on Sunday. That is the highest number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Officials are working to introduce more ICU and surgical capacity if needed, according to the release.

Manitoba’s test positivity rate reached 8.9 per cent on Sunday, the province said, while Winnipeg’s reached 9.9 per cent. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

The province reported a new outbreak on Sunday at the Women’s Correctional Centre in Headingley.

The facility was moved to red, or critical, on the province’s colour-coded pandemic response system.

Meanwhile, someone in a Grade 9 class at Elmwood High School tested positive for COVID-19, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said in a letter to parents and guardians on Sunday.

The person was at the school on Oct. 28 and 29 in the 3, 6 AM and 1, 4 PM cohort, the letter said, and while the risk to the overall school community is low, close contacts of the person are being contacted and told to self-isolate.

More possible exposures

Health officials reported more possible COVID-19 exposures around the province, including a number of schools:


  • Oct. 20-21, Oct. 24: Brandon Boxing Club (1417 Rosser Ave.)
  • Oct. 23: Millers Pharmacy (624-18th St.)




  • Oct. 13-23: Winnipeg Adult Education Centre (310 Vaughn St.)
  • Oct. 14-16, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 22-23: École Roméo-Dallaire (81 Quail Ridge.)
  • Oct. 20-21: Sisler High School (1360 Redwood Ave.)
  • Oct. 20 and 22: Our Lady of Victory School (249 Arnold Ave.)
  • Oct. 20-22: St. John’s High School (401 Church Ave.) 
  • Oct. 20-22: Dalhousie School (262 Dalhousie Dr.)
  • Oct. 20-23: St. Mary’s Academy (550 Wellington Cres.)
  • Oct. 21-22: École Laura Secord School (960 Wolseley St.)
  • Oct. 21-22: Collège Jeanne-Sauvé (128 Dakota St.)
  • Oct. 21-22, Oct. 26-29: St. John’s-Ravenscourt (400 South Dr.)
  • Oct. 22: Glenlawn Collegiate (770 St. Mary’s Rd.)
  • Oct. 23, Oct. 26-29: Grant Park School (450 Nathaniel St.)
  • Oct. 27-29: Linden Christian School (877 Wilkes Ave.)  
  • Oct. 27 and 30: Minnetonka School (200 Minnetonka St.)

Starting on Monday, new restrictions are coming into effect across the province, including moving the Winnipeg metropolitan region to the highest level — red, or critical — on the province’s pandemic response system.

Many businesses and facilities will close, including bars and restaurant dining rooms, movie theatres and concert halls. Most retail outlets will be reduced to 25 per cent capacity.

The rest of the province will be at the orange, or restricted, level as of Monday.

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COVID-19 update for Dec. 2: Here's the latest on coronavirus in B.C. – Vancouver Sun



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“The surprise is that we haven’t seen more children infected during this pandemic,” said study leader Dr. Manish Sadarangani, an investigator at B.C. Children’s Hospital. “It seems to be behaving very differently to other viruses like influenza and the usual common-cold viruses that circulate and that we see every year.”

The SPRING study is recruiting 2,500 children and young adults — anyone up to 24 years of age — to be test subjects, filling out a questionnaire and being subject to a finger-prick blood test that detects antibodies to the SARS-CoV2 virus, which causes COVID-19. Several thousand more participants will be added in the months to come.

12 a.m.  – B.C. records 656 news cases and 16 more deaths in the past 24 hours

Sixteen more people in B.C. have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the latest update from health officials. That brings the total number of deaths in B.C. since the start of the pandemic to 457.

Officials also reported an additional 656 cases since Monday, bringing the total number of active cases to 8,796. Of those, there are now 336 people in hospital, including 76 in the ICU.

There is also one new health-care facility outbreak, at The Harrison at Elim Village, while two previous outbreaks were declared over: Holy Family Hospital and Jackman Manor.

12 a.m. – Fraser Health purchases 14 virus-zapping robot cleaners

Fraser Health has added 14 virus-zapping robot cleaners to its infectious health team.

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B.C. sets record for COVID-19 patients in hospital, ICU, and deaths in a day – Richmond News



The number of British Columbians dying from COVID-19-related complications has started to ramp up, with 16 fatalities in the past 24 hours, and 58 deaths in the past four days.

The 16 deaths in a 24-hour period is a record, and it comes on the heels of 42 deaths in a three-day period, which was announced yesterday but not broken down by day. In total 457 people in B.C. have died from the virus.

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Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said November 30 that the surge in deaths was not directly linked to the record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICU) because most of the deaths reported yesterday were seniors in long-term care homes who died in those facilities. It was not clear if that pattern continued today.

Nonetheless, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and in ICU hit a record yesterday as well as today. There are now 336 such patients in hospital – up 20 from yesterday. The number of COVID-19-infected patients in ICU rose by one, compared with yesterday, and is now at 76.

Some good news is that the number of people actively infected with the virus has fallen by 59, to 8,796.

There were 656 new COVID-19 infections identified in B.C. in the past day, including three epi-linked cases, which are presumed and not based on tests. That brings the total number of people infected by the virus in B.C., since the COVID-19 first arrived on January 28, to 33,894.

The breakdown of where the new infections are located is as follows:

• 140 in Vancouver Coastal Health;
• 408 in Fraser Health;
• 10 in Island Health;
• 83 in Interior Health; and
• 15 in Northern Health.

One seniors’ facility, the Harrison at Elim Village in Surrey, which recently had an outbreak that was deemed to be over, once again is listed as having an outbreak.

Outbreaks at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver and Jackman Manor in the Township of Langley are newly declared to be over.

Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in their afternoon statement that there were no new community outbreaks.

That leaves a total of 61 outbreaks at healthcare facilities or seniors’ homes.
The five ongoing active outbreaks at acute-care facilities, or hospitals, are at:

• Burnaby Hospital in Burnaby;
• Langley Memorial Hospital in Langley;
• Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver;
• Ridge Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge; and
• Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey;
The 56 outbreaks at seniors’ homes are broken down by health region.

There are 15 active outbreaks at seniors’ facilities in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and they include:

• Arbutus Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Banfield Pavilion, in Vancouver;
• Revera Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver;
• Columbus Residence in Vancouver;
• German Canadian Care Home in Vancouver;
• Lakeview Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Little Mountain Place in Vancouver;
• Renfrew Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Royal Ascot Care Centre in Vancouver;
• Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• St. Judes Anglican Home in Vancouver;
• Three Links Care Centre long-term care facility in Vancouver;
• Villa Cathay Care Home in Vancouver;
• Windermere Care Centre in Vancouver; and
• Youville Residence in Vancouver.

The 33 outbreaks at seniors’ facilities in the ​Fraser Health region include:

• Agassiz Seniors Community in Agassiz;
• Agecare Harmony Court Estates in Burnaby;
• Agecare Court Estates in Burnaby;
• Al Hogg Pavilion in White Rock;
• Amenida Seniors Community in Surrey;
• Amica White Rock in White Rock
• Belvedere Care Centre in Coquitlam;
• CareLife Fleetwood in Surrey;
• Chartwell Langley Gardens in Langley;
• Cottage-Worthington Pavilion in Abbotsford;
• Fellburn Care Centre long-term care facility in Burnaby;
• Finnish Manor in Burnaby;
• Fleetwood Villa Retirement Residence in Surrey;
• Fort Langley Seniors Community in Fort Langley;
• George Derby Centre in Burnaby;
• Good Samaritan Delta View Care Center 2 long-term care facility in Delta;
• Harrison Pointe retirement home in Langley;
• Harrison at Elim Village in Surrey;
• Hawthorne Seniors Care Community long-term care in Port Coquitlam;
• Hawthorne Seniors Care Community assisted living in Port Coquitlam;
• Hollyrood Manor long-term care home in Maple Ridge;
• Jackman Manor in Langley Township;
• Laurel Place long-term care facility in Surrey;
• Menno Home in Abbotsford;
• Morgan Place Care Society in Surrey;
• Northcrest Care Centre in Delta;
• PICS Assisted Living in Surrey;
• Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster;
• Sunset Manor in Chilliwack;
• Tabor Home in Abbotsford;
• The Residence at Clayton Heights in Surrey;
• The Residence in Mission;
• Valley Haven Care Home in Chilliwack; and
• White Rock Senior Village in White Rock.

There are two outbreaks at seniors’ homes in Northern Health: North Peace Seniors Housing Society buildings in Fort St. John, and Rotary Manor Dawson Creek in Dawson Creek.

Three outbreaks are at seniors’ living facilities in the Island Health region:

• Tsawaayuss-Rainbow Gardens in Port Alberni;
• Discovery Care Centre in Campbell River; and
• Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead in Victoria.

The Interior Health region has three seniors’ facility outbreaks, at:

• Orchard Manor in Kelowna;
• Mountainview Village in Kelowna; and
• Sun Pointe Village in Kelowna.

Henry said that it can be hard to tell how the virus gets into seniors’ care facilities – whether the transmission starts with staff or with visitors.

“We’ve restricted visitors in long term care, as you know, because of the devastation,” Henry said yesterday. “We only have to look at this weekend to know what happens when the virus gets in.”


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Interior Health reports 83 new cases of COVID-19 over past 24 hours – Kamloops This Week



Interior Health has reported a record 83 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

The region now has 535 active cases with 18 people in hospital and four of those in critical care.

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The new cases are part of 656 new cases announced by the province on Tuesday.

The province also reported 16 further deaths due to COVID-19, none of which occurred in the Interior Health region.

Active cases in the province now total 8,796, with another 10,123 people under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

B.C. now has 336 people in hospital, with 76 of those in critical care.

Of the province’s now 33,894 total confirmed cases, 23,774 have recovered while 457 have died.

Elsewhere in the province, new cases include 140 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 408 in Fraser Health, 10 in Vancouver Island Health and 15 in Northern Health.

A cluster of cases in Revelstoke has now grown to 46 total cases, with 32 of those remaining active. The health authority is continuing its contact tracing efforts.

“This cluster illustrates that COVID-19 is in smaller rural communities as well as larger urban centres,” reads a notice from Interior Health sent to media Tuesday afternoon.

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