Northern COVID-19 active cases hit 400 mark, cases climb in Mosakahiken, The Pas/OCN/Kelsey

Four hundred people in northern Manitoba now have active cases of COVID-19.

Northern Manitoba has 55 new cases of COVID-19, the highest one-day increase seen in the region since the pandemic began. There are now 400 people sick in the region, with 649 total cases reported during the pandemic including recoveries. 

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The region that saw the largest change in cases was the Grand Rapids/Misipawistik/Moose Lake/Mosakahiken/Easterville/Chemawawin district, due in large part to community spread announced at Mosakahiken Cree Nation. While an outbreak has not yet been announced in the community by the province, there are currently 62 active cases of COVID-19 within the district, with 72 total cases including recoveries.

Mosakahiken Chief Vincent Bercier said in a public Facebook post that there have been 85 total cases within the community, higher than the numbers announced by the province. The community has locked down and issued safety restrictions, in addition to those imposed by the provincial government.

"The month of November has been a struggle for the community of Mosakahiken Cree Nation. We have eight check stops all around the community. Only limited people in our stores are allowed in at a time for shopping. We have sections around the community that are scheduled for shopping days due to overcrowded line ups in the past," said Bercier in the post.

Along with the Mosakahiken district, The Pas/OCN/Kelsey saw another day of increasing cases, seeing 17 new cases. The community is now up to 179 active cases, with 283 people having contracted COVID-19 within the district. Six new cases were found in the Island Lake district, bringing the district up to 39 total cases - 35 of which remain active - and Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake saw three new cases, seeing 10 current cases active.

Five active cases are listed by the provincial government in the Pukatawagan-Mathias Colomb health district. Only one active case is now listed in the Flin Flon/Snow Lake/Cranberry Portage/Sherridon health district, believed to be in Snow Lake. Six people who have previously tested positive in the district have since recovered from the disease.

Province-wide, Manitoba reported 475 new cases, bringing the province to 7,629 active cases and 12,482 total cases since the pandemic began. Eight more deaths were reported, each tied to outbreaks at health facilities and personal care homes, ranging from a man in his 60s in Winnipeg who died after being exposed at the Keekinan Centre to a man and woman in their 90s who died after being linked to an outbreak at the Gilbert Plains personal care home.

No new public exposures or outbreaks have been listed in northern communities.


Cases by northern Manitoba district active cases recoveries deaths total cases
The Pas/Opaskwayak/Kelsey 179 103 1 283
Cross Lake/Pimicikamak 67 13 0 80
Grand Rapids/Misipawistik/Moose Lake/Mosakahiken/Easterville/Chemawawin 62 10 0 72
Island Lake 35 3 1 39
Thompson/Mystery Lake 19 50 0 69
Unknown district 12 26 0 38
Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake 10 11 0 21
Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb 5 0 0 5
Lynn Lake/Marcel Colomb/Leaf Rapids/O-Pipon-Na-Piwin/Granville Lake 4 5 0 9
Sayisi Dene/Tadoule/Barren Lands/Brochet/Northlands/Lac Brochet 3 2 0 5
Bunibonibee/Oxford House/Manto Sipi/Gods River/Gods Lake 2 4 1 7
Flin Flon/Snow Lake/Cranberry Portage/Sherridon 1 6 0 7
Nelson House/Nisichawayasihk 1 7 0 8
Bay Line 0 3 0 3
Churchill (covered by Winnipeg Regional Health Authority) 0 0 0 0
Gillam/Fox Lake 0 2 0 2
Norway House 0 1 0 1
Case totals as of Nov. 19 400 246 3 649


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