244 new cases of COVID-19, 12 more deaths on Christmas Eve

244 new cases of COVID-19, 12 more deaths on Christmas Eve

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The province’s test positivity rate increased slightly to 10.6%, which is the same rate as Winnipeg.

There are 4,489 active cases and 18,518 reported recoveries. Both numbers are overstated due to a backlog in reporting the latter.

Meanwhile, 346 people were hospitalized as of Thursday morning, a number that includes both active and non-infectious cases. Of that, 41 of those patients were in intensive care.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,163 tests were completed Wednesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 411,618.

The province will not be updated COVID-19 numbers on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. The next update is slated for Dec. 27.

New outbreaks

• E5 medicine unit at St. Boniface Hospital

• Calvary Place personal care home

• Deer Lodge Centre

In addition, outbreaks have been declared over at Bridgepark Manor, an assisted living facility in Steinbach, Buhler Active Living Centre in Winkler, and Grace Hospital units 2 South and 3 North in Winnipeg.

Testing site update

The Winkler drive-thru testing site at 485 George Ave. will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24, due to staffing and reopen Friday, Dec. 25, with regular hours of operation.

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