Manitoba sets another new COVID-19 record with 183 cases, eight in north

The good news: two people in northern Manitoba have recovered from COVID-19.

The bad news: eight more people in the region have tested positive.

The really bad news: 183 cases have been announced province-wide - a new record for most cases in a day.

Manitoba continues to see higher case numbers of COVID-19. The five day test positivity rate has increased to 7.5 per cent province-wide. Three more people have died from COVID-19, all in Winnipeg - a woman in her 60s connected to the existing outbreak at Parkview Place and two people, a man and woman both in their 80s, connected to an outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital.

Sixty-six people in the north currently have COVID-19. The region's COVID-19 hotspot continues to be The Pas/OCN/Kelsey, where 29 people now have active cases of COVID-19. Thompson/Mystery Lake also continues to have active cases, though numbers there are declining - the community now has 11 active cases, less than half of the number reported there last week.

Cross Lake/Pimicikamak now has 10 active cases of COVID-19. Two health districts, Island Lake and Lynn Lake/Marcel Colomb/Leaf Rapids/O-Pipon-Na-Piwin/Granville, have three active cases, while Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake has two. Several other districts - Bay Line, Bunibonibee/Oxford House/Manto Sipi/Gods River/Gods Lake, Flin Flon/Snow Lake/Cranberry Portage/Sherridon and Norway House - each have one active case. Four cases are listed as "unknown district" cases.

Another possible exposure has been announced in northern Manitoba, this time in Cross Lake. A person who tested positive for COVID-19 was at a funeral in Cross Lake Oct. 18 when they may have been infectious. It is the third funeral in recent weeks in northern Manitoba where someone attended after having tested positive - a similar situation was announced for Norway House at a Oct. 20 funeral, while another funeral at Lake St. Martin First Nation Oct. 12 has also been described as a possible exposure. Attendees of all three events are asked to self-monitor for symptoms, isolate and present for testing if symptoms develop.

Restrictions remain in place for northern communities and schools.

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