It’s back. A person living in the Flin Flon/Snow Lake/Cranberry Portage/Sherridon health district has tested positive for COVID-19 – the first new case in the area in more than five months.
The case, reported by the province Sept. 6, was reported in a female in her 60s. It is the first positive test in the Flin Flon health district since March 29.
No home community or further identification for the person has been announced. It is unknown if the person had recently attended any events, businesses or other gatherings before testing positive or if the case is related to travel or other possible methods of transmission.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, five cases have been reported in the Northern Health Region (NHR) – two in the Thompson area, two in the Flin Flon area and one in the Gillam/Fox Lake Cree Nation area. No hospitalizations or injuries have been reported. The case reported in the Flin Flon area Sept. 6 is the only active case in the region and the first new case found in the area since August 22. The region had previously gone nearly five months without a single COVID-19 case.
The Flin Flon/Snow Lake/Cranberry Portage/Sherridon health district covers the four communities listed, along with Bakers Narrows Provincial Park, Grass River Provincial Park and several campgrounds and cabin communities with higher populations during the summer months.
Restrictions on travel into northern Manitoba were announced by the provincial government last week, going into effect Sept. 4.
Along with the new case in the north, 29 new cases were reported in Manitoba – 17 in Winnipeg, seven in Southern Health-Sante Sud, three in Prairie Mountain Health and one in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority. As of Sept. 6, 409 people in the province still had active cases of COVID-19.