Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital sees third COVID-19 outbreak

For the third time in less than two weeks, St. Boniface Hospital has identified a COVID-19 outbreak in one of it’s units.

In a memo to staff obtained by Global News, the hospital says its B5 medicine unit has implemented outbreak protocols after “positive cases” were discovered.

There’s no word on how many positive cases are within the unit.

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Late last week, the E6 unit at the hospital was the site of the first outbreak on the campus, while the neighboring E5 unit declared the second outbreak a few days later.

As of Wednesday, 11 patients and five staff members had received positive test results between the two outbreaks.

The memo says hospital leadership is working with Public Health to identify potential close contacts and direct them to self-isolate.

As a result of the outbreak being declared, the unit will now close to new admissions and restrict visits, directing families to visit virtually instead.

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It comes following a grim day for Manitoba on Friday, which saw hospitalizations due to COVID-19 jump by nine — now sitting at a pandemic-high 51 across the province.

Eight of those patients are in intensive care units.

There were also 163 new cases provincially, and as of Saturday morning, Manitoba has 1,855 active cases.

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