Flin Flon sees slight case reduction as COVID-19 cases rise in Manitoba, elsewhere in north

Active cases in northern Manitoba spiked Thursday with 48 new cases reported - but none in any regions near Flin Flon.

The Flin Flon district's active COVID-19 case load dropped by one Thursday. Another person who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 is now considered to have recovered from the disease, cutting the district's active case load to 10. Nineteen people have had COVID-19 in the Flin Flon/Snow Lake/Cranberry Portage/Sherridon district and recovered since the pandemic began. No people have died from COVID-19 in the district.

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Things are not the same in The Pas/OCN/Kelsey, where a fourth COVID-19 death has been reported by the province. The provincial government announced the region's eighth COVID-19 death - a man in his 50s, listed as a resident of The Pas/OCN/Kelsey. 

There is some good news from The Pas/OCN/Kelsey district. One outbreak in the community, at the Oscar's Place homeless shelter, is now considered over by health officials, and active COVID-19 cases in the district are slowly continuing to drop. The district reported eight more recoveries and a net loss of five active cases Thursday, dropping from 144 Wednesday to 139 Thursday.

Throughout northern Manitoba, 471 people have active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, up from 431 Wednesday. This includes 470 active cases in the Northern Health Region and one in Churchill, which is covered by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

In the region, the districts with the biggest spikes in overall active cases were the Island Lake district, which saw 18 new cases reported and now sits at 93 active COVID-19 cases, and the Thompson/Mystery Lake district, where 12 more people have been reported as positive overnight.

Active case numbers stayed the same in the Grand Rapids/Misipawistik/Moose Lake/Mosakahiken/Easterville/Chemawawin district (where 64 people have active cases) and Cross Lake/Pimicikamak (29 active cases). The Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake district climbed slightly, going up to 54 cases from 51.

Province-wide, Manitoba reported 367 net new cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths from COVID-19, ranging from a man in his 30s from the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority to a woman in her 90s from the Southern Health-Sante Sud, whose case has been linked to an outbreak at Menno Home, a seniors' facility in Grunthal. At least one death was reported in four of the province's five health regions. In the past five days, 13.1 per cent of Manitobans who have been tested for COVID-19 have tested positive.

Saskatchewan

The situation in Flin Flon's western neighbour province is not looking much better as a whole, but cases in the far north east zone seem to be cooling off.

One new case was found in the far north east 2 zone, the region containing Creighton, Denare Beach, Sandy Bay and Pelican Narrows. The region now has 94 active cases of COVID-19, the vast majority of which are in the Pelican Narrows area, which is the site of an active outbreak. Up-to-date information on local cases from the community's health centre has not been released as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

Province-wide, 259 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, along with one death, a person over age 80 in the south zone.

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