There are 79 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba on Wednesday, the province’s online coronavirus dashboard says.

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There are 25 new cases in the Southern Health region, 24 in the Northern Health Region, 16 in the Winnipeg health region and seven each in the Prairie Mountain and Interlake-Eastern health regions.

Of the 79 newest COVID-19 cases, 52 are in people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and seven are in people who are partly vaccinated, the vaccination status dashboard says.

The total number of deaths caused by the illness remains at 1,224, including 216 linked to variants of concern.

Among people hospitalized with active COVID-19, 67 per cent are unvaccinated, nine per cent are partly vaccinated and 24 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Of the patients being treated for active COVID-19 in intensive care, 80 per cent are unvaccinated, 10 per cent are fully vaccinated and 10 per cent are partly vaccinated.

There are 94 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19, up nine from Tuesday. Of those, 15 are in intensive care, down one.

As of midnight, there were 90 patients — including those with COVID-19 and people there for other reasons — in Manitoba’s ICUs, a Shared Health spokesperson said in an email. Before the pandemic, the province’s baseline capacity was 72 patients.

The province’s five-day test positivity rate dipped slightly to 3.8 per cent on Wednesday, from 3.9 per cent the day before.

Winnipeg’s rate was 1.2 per cent on Tuesday, the last day the data was updated.

News releases are sent on Mondays and Thursdays. Some figures are available online through the province’s COVID-19 dashboard on other business days.

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