Dr Brent Roussin was encouraged yesterday to announce 133 new cases of COVID-19, but added the province would be in a much better place without the holiday gatherings.
“This morning we have 538 confirmed cases that were identified on or after December 25 and our contact tracing indicates they were linked to the rally during the holiday season,” the province’s civil service chief said. , adding that these cases were linked to 2,879 contacts.
This means that nearly 3,000 people are now self-isolating and a certain proportion of them will become cases.
Of those collection-related cases, 26 are children aged 10 or younger and were reported on January 10. The province indicated by email is available for 11 of the 26 cases to date. Five of those 11 cases were linked to two Christmas gatherings. Five of the 11 cases were related to households distributed among three households unrelated to vacation. One of the 11 cases attended the daycare.
“That’s really why we needed to expand the restrictions we have in place,” Roussin said at the daily press conference.
“We are certainly not back to normal.”
Roussin said the downward trajectory of the numbers is a testament to the hard work Manitobans have done, and that that trajectory is what public health officials want to see.
Samaritan House Outbreak
Meanwhile, in the safe and warm shelter of the ministries of the Samaritan House of Brandon, where an epidemic was declared over the weekend, five staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s an evolving situation. I received regular updates throughout the weekend and this morning, ”said Shared Health Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa.
“I understand that the leadership of Prairie Mountain Health is working with the shelter, as well as the community leadership, the municipality.
Siragusa also said officials will work with the community to find the isolation space.
“Whether it’s in Brandon, or if they have to come to Winnipeg, it probably wouldn’t be ideal for them, but it’s an option if we need it. We will ensure that there is a capacity for them, ”she said.
General manager Barbara McNish declined to comment on where Safe and Warm clients are now housed.
“We are working on a plan with the province, therefore with public health and all the different agencies. But I can tell you, from our safe and warm perspective, that we have staff on site every night from 6:30 pm to 8 pm to provide customers with alternative options, ”said McNish.
Brandon’s friendship also closed for two weeks, with CEO Gail Cullen isolating herself at home. The Brandon Sun was unable to speak with Cullen before the deadline.
Small businesses struggle after months of restrictions
While acknowledging how difficult the past few weeks have been for Manitobans in general, Roussin also acknowledged small businesses and recalled that public health orders are in place.
“We all know these restrictions have been quite difficult for Manitobans, especially businesses that have had to shut down long term with these restrictions. We have heard from companies how difficult it has been for them, ”Roussin said.
But officials are also hearing from other businesses that, despite public health orders, plan to open.
He reminded those listening that the downward trajectory in the number of cases was due to the restriction.
“If we open things up too early, if we have Manitobans not following public health restrictions or public health advice, we will see those numbers come back and, again, expand the need for restrictions,” said Roussin.
Companies that contravene public health orders are liable to fines.
NDP Leader Wab Kinew agreed the red-level restrictions in place are tough, but after the press conference he focused on mental health and addiction support, as well as support increased to small businesses.
“Code Red is just a challenge. I think everyone wants to do their part to listen to Dr Roussin, and I take what he says seriously about the need to put these restrictions in place but, at the same time, I think it has an impact on the mental health and some of the related issues like addictions, ”Kinew said over the phone.
“I think we really want to continue to see public health prioritize the fight against COVID. But I think we also need to keep an eye out for the impacts this has on people’s mental health and economic circumstances.
Kinew also spoke to small businesses defying public health orders.
“Small businesses shouldn’t challenge orders, but I think that reflects the lack of support they’ve received from the provincial government,” he said.
“If the government tells you that the help is not coming, I think that’s where the frustration comes from. But, at the end of the day, I think the best solution would be if we could continue to make sure everyone is following public health orders, but the government can provide more financial support to these companies.
More financial assistance could match the costs that small businesses face, and complying with public health orders would not be such an effort.
Finally, Kinew confirmed that neither he nor any elected representative of the NDP traveled during the holidays, contrary to statements by Prime Minister Brian Pallister, largely to defend one of his cabinet members who had traveled.
Meanwhile, Angus Reid released poll results which show 51 percent of Manitobans say the province is doing a “bad job” in distributing COVID-19 vaccines.
Roussin reiterated that the limiting factor is the amount of doses the province receives.
“As we get more quantity, we will be able to open up the eligibility more,” he said.
In its daily immunization update, the province said part of this week’s Pfizer vaccine shipment arriving in Manitoba will be sent to the Brandon super site ahead of the opening.
“Eligible people can now start booking appointments at the Keystone Center super site in Brandon, which opens Monday, January 18. Many appointments are available from January 18 to January 24. ” The bulletin said.
Kinew said the poll simply reflects the fact that the vaccination rollout hasn’t happened quickly enough.
“We all want the deployment of this vaccine to be safe. But when you hear about the vast majority of vials still in a freezer, I think that’s where the frustration people come from. They want the vaccine to be deployed safely. But I think they are ready to roll up their sleeves, so they want to see the vaccines used, not just sit there, ”he said.
Roussin said that hopefully this fall Manitobans will see life more normal than it is now as herd immunity is strengthened.
MONDAY COVID-19 UPDATE
The province’s COVID-19 update on Monday reported three additional deaths, including a patient from the Prairie Mountain Health area – a man in his 80s linked to the McCreary / Alonsa Health Center outbreak.
The province has reported 133 new cases. The new cases are as follows:
– 11 cases in the Interlake – East health region;
– 34 cases in the northern health region;
– 28 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region;
– 13 cases in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region; and
– 47 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate was 10% in the province and 8.8% in Winnipeg.
Laboratory-confirmed cases in Manitoba total 26,450, with 741 deaths or 2.8%.
There are currently 3,414 active cases in the province, with 22,295 people who have recovered from COVID-19
The province also reported 162 people are hospitalized with active COVID-19, as well as 154 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer contagious but continue to require care, for a total of 316 hospitalizations.
Twenty-one people are in intensive care units with active COVID-19, as well as 16 people with COVID-19 who are no longer contagious but continue to require intensive care, for a total of 37 ICU patients.
In Prairie Mountain Health Region, there are 215 active cases, with 1,461 recovered. There are 14 people hospitalized, without ICU patients, and a total of 40 deaths.
The number of active cases of Brandon is 65.
On Sunday, 1,566 tests were carried out, for a total of 440,532 since February.
“Source: Province of Manitoba
As of January 11, the status of COVID-19 outbreaks in Prairie Mountain Health was as follows:
• Brandon Correctional Center: 108 total cases, 18 staff infected, 90 non-staff infected, one active case, 107 recovered, zero deaths.
• McCreary / Alonsa Health Center: 35 total cases, eight staff infected, 27 non-staff infected, 34 active cases, zero cured, one death.
• Fairview Personal Care Home: 109 total cases, 41 staff infected, 68 non-staff infected, 2 active cases, 90 recovered, 17 deaths.
• Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home: 41 cases in total, 17 staff infected, 24 residents infected, 0 active cases, 32 recovered, nine deaths.
• Grandview Personal Care Home: 36 cases in total, 11 staff infected, 25 residents infected, 0 active cases, 31 recovered, five deaths.
Note: An outbreak is considered over an incubation period (14 days) after the last active case.
»Source: Province of Manitoba
Since the start of the immunization campaign in Manitoba, 10,353 people have received a first dose of immunization.
Immunization eligibility criteria were expanded on Monday to include home care workers born on or before December 31, 1965 (amended from December 31, 1960) who are employed by a regional health authority (RHA ), employed by a service provider under contract with the RHA or employed by a client of a self-help and family care program.
A full list of eligibility criteria can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligible-criteria.html
The province has not updated vaccination figures by health region.
“Source: Province of Manitoba