109 Manitobans now in critical care, including 38 in Ontario, 2 in Saskatchewan
(CBC.CA) – A Manitoba man in his 30s with COVID-19 who had been receiving critical care at an Ontario hospital since May 20 has died, Shared Health said in an online update Wednesday.
“We want to express our condolences to this individual’s family and loved ones for their loss,” Shared Health said.
The patient is the first to die after being moved out of province for care. Another patient, a woman in her 30s, died in a Manitoba hospital after a failed attempt to airlift her to a hospital in Ontario last week.
There are 109 Manitoba COVID-19 patients now in intensive care units, matching a record high set Tuesday. That includes 38 in hospitals in Ontario and two in Saskatchewan, Shared Health’s update said, with more expected to be transferred out of province later Wednesday.
Of the 69 ICU patients in Manitoba hospitals, 16 are under the age of 40.
For the month of May, 253 COVID patients were admitted to ICU. That’s more than five times the total for all of April, Shared Health says.
Alberta Health Services announced Wednesday it’s also offering help to Manitoba as the province faces continued stress in its critical care units.
Manitoba will send up to 10 patients who are currently in ICUs to Alberta to be cared for in Calgary or Edmonton hospitals, AHS says.
Case counts dropping
Manitoba reported 267 new cases of COVID-19 and six deaths on Wednesday, with four deaths linked to more transmissible coronavirus variants, a news release said.
Most of the new cases are in the Winnipeg health region, which has 198 new infections. There are also 28 cases in the Southern Health region, 21 in the Northern Health Region, 14 in the Interlake-Eastern health region and six in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
There have now been 51,580 COVID-19 cases identified in Manitoba, of which 4,267 are considered active and 46,251 are recovered
New COVID-19 case counts are dropping. The seven-day average case count was 320 on Wednesday, down one-third since May 22, when it was 482.
Half of the deaths were in the Southern Health region: a woman in her 60s, a woman in her 80s who had an unspecified variant of concern and a man in his 90s who had the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first found in the U.K. and has now been named the alpha variant.
The other half were in the Winnipeg health region: a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 90s who had the B.1.1.7 variant and a woman in her 80s.