Seventy-two new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba on Sunday, shooting past the province’s previous record of 42 new cases set Saturday, the province’s top doctor said.
Forty-five of the new cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, which will see amped-up restrictions starting Monday, including mandatory masks in public and group sizes restricted to 10, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said at a news conference on Sunday.
Investigations suggest most of the cases in that region are linked to intentional testing done among known clusters in multiple Hutterite communities, Health Minister Cameron Friesen said.
There are now seven cases linked to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Bethesda Place personal care home in Steinbach, Man. — three residents and four staff members, Roussin said.
Another sixteen cases were announced in the Southern Health region, along with nine in the Winnipeg health region, one in the Interlake-Eastern Health region and one in the Northern Health region.
Thirty-seven of the 70 cases identified to date among employees at the Maple Leaf Foods pork-processing plant in the Prairie Mountain region are still active, Roussin said.
The five-day test positivity rate jumped to 2.7 per cent from 1.8 per cent on Saturday.
Seven people are now in hospital in Manitoba with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, including one person in intensive care.
The update brings the province’s active caseload to 356. To date, 576 people with COVID-19 in Manitoba have recovered and 12 have died, including four fatalities linked to the illness in recent days.
On Saturday, Manitoba broke its record for the highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases, with 42 announced.
That demand came after Fox Lake Cree Nation’s Bird reserve went into lockdown after the community said it learned a traveller in the nearby town of Gillam later tested positive for COVID-19.
On Saturday, 1,839 more COVID-19 tests were done in Manitoba, bringing the total number done in the province to 125,300.