There have been three more COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba as the province set a new record for daily cases with 84 confirmed infections announced Friday.
The three deaths are all linked to Winnipeg personal care homes — a woman and her 80s and a woman in her 70s, both linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place, and a woman in her 80s linked to Heritage Lodge.
The outbreak at Parkview Place is now the deadliest in a Manitoba personal care home, with six deaths.
It’s the highest number of deaths announced in a single day in Manitoba, tied with the three deaths announced just two days ago.
The current five-day test positivity rate is 3.1, which also ties with the previous record, set on Aug. 26.
Of the new cases announced Friday, 64 are in the Winnipeg health region, 12 are in the Interlake-Eastern health region, seven are in the Southern Health region and one is in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
Yesterday also saw the most tests done in Manitoba in a single day, with 3,196 tests completed, well beyond the previous record of 2,736 set just one day ago.
The previous highest daily case count was on Aug. 23, when the province announced 72 new cases.
The record-breaking case count comes nearly two weeks after the province elevated Winnipeg’s status in the Manitoba pandemic response system to orange, or restricted, in an effort to tamp down steadily rising infection numbers. The orange alert came into effect on Sept. 28.
There are 25 people with COVID-19 in hospital, six of them in intensive care.
The province also announced it is expanding its capacity for testing sites around Winnipeg, where people have experienced hours-long waits to get nasal swabs taken.
Starting this Saturday, the testing site at 2735 Pembina Highway will have added capacity to collect 240 more samples per day, the province said.
A new drive-thru site at 1066 Nairn Ave. will open on Oct. 13, with initial capacity to do up to 200 tests per day, increasing to 400 by Oct. 15.
Public health officials announced two new possible school exposures — one at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate on Sept. 28 and 30, and Oct. 5 and 7; the other at Kleefeld School in Kleefeld, Man., on Oct. 1 and 2.
In both cases, health officials say there is no evidence of in-school transmission or that the infection was acquired at school.