Does Manitoba have the toughest COVID-19 restrictions? Prime Minister Pallister’s press conference on reality –

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Does Manitoba have the toughest COVID-19 restrictions? Prime Minister Pallister’s press conference on reality – fr


Premier Brian Pallister was on the defensive at a press conference on Tuesday as he tried to explain why the number of ICUs in Manitoba is increasing, why the province has the highest infection rate in America the North and what his government is doing to stop the spread.
But to what extent does that reflect the reality of what is happening in Manitoba?

CBC producer Kristin Annable reviewed some of the statements Pallister made at the press conference with Provincial Health Director Dr Brent Roussin in an attempt to separate the fact from the twist.

1) The majority of COVID-19 positive patients in Manitoba hospitals are not vaccinated.

What Pallister said:

“There are Manitobans who haven’t bothered to take an hour or two and get their shots. In fact, more than 70% of our hospitalizations currently are people who have not been vaccinated.

What is the reality?

The latest figures show that as of Friday, 70 percent of the 291 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 at that time had not received a dose of the vaccine.

However, to say that they “didn’t bother” to be tricked is not sincere.

Manitoba didn’t start opening vaccinations to the general population under 40 until earlier this month.

Throughout the month, as intensive care units became increasingly overcrowded and Manitoba began to send patients out of the province for care, about 20% of people occupying emergency beds. intensive care facilities were attended by people under 40 every day.

Health officials said on Wednesday that about 16% of intensive care patients were under 40.

About 35% of all COVID-19-related hospitalizations are in people under the age of 40, according to data from early May.

Vaccine eligibility for this age group opened between May 8 and May 14 – leaving only a small window for them to schedule a first dose. Even after that, it takes two to three weeks for the vaccines to take full effect.

2) Manitoba has more stringent restrictions than other provinces.

What Pallister said:

“At every step of the way, we enacted stricter restrictions earlier than other provinces, relative to where they were at.

What is the reality?

If you use the test positivity rate and infection rate criteria, Ontario is at least one example of a province that announced tighter restrictions than Manitoba at the height of its third wave of HIV cases. COVID-19.

The week of April 11, Ontario reached 205 cases per 100,000 people. His test positivity rate was 8.2% on April 16.

On that day, the province announced that it was extending a home support order that exceeded current Manitoba restrictions and that it was strengthening law enforcement powers for the police.

Ontario had previously limited non-essential businesses to pickup and delivery.

But dire modeling predictions and a high number of cases have prompted the province to go further and shut down all recreational facilities, like golf courses.

Meanwhile, Manitoba had a test positivity rate of 13.3% provincially and 15% in Winnipeg on Wednesday. It has the worst infection rate in North America, at 227 cases per 100,000 in the past seven days.

Although there are limits on gatherings, there is no stay-at-home order, non-essential retail businesses remain open, and some recreational activities like golf remain permitted.

3) Ontario allows more people in businesses than Manitoba.

What Pallister said:

“Ontario has 25 percent licensed capacity in retail stores. We have 10 [per cent]. «

What is the reality?

Essential stores are licensed up to 25 percent of maximum capacity in Ontario. However, Pallister’s comment failed to mention that stores deemed non-essential in Ontario have been closed for in-store shopping since April 8.

Shopping malls have also been closed, except to allow access to an essential business or service, or to pick up an order.

In Manitoba, all retail stores – and malls – remain open and licensed to operate at 10 percent capacity. With a few exceptions, only one person per household can enter a business to purchase items.

4) Some provinces have stay-at-home ordinances, but still allow outdoor gatherings.

What Dr. Brent Roussin said:

“The decision to stay home is a way to frame things. Of course, if we look at other jurisdictions, [they] can have an order at home, but you can still assemble up to five people outside of your home. ”

What is the reality?

This remark was made a few times during Tuesday’s press conference. Roussin and Pallister seem to refer to Ontario.

Under that province’s April 8 ordinance, gatherings with up to five people outside your home were allowed, but the province changed course and on April 16 limited such gatherings to members of the household only.

5) People are not tested and end up in the hospital.

What Pallister said:

“Too many of these people haven’t even bothered to get tested for COVID, which means they’ve put other people at risk as well. “

What is the reality?

Pallister is right – figures provided by Shared Health show that about 43% of people hospitalized had their first COVID-19 test after admission.

However, his comments quickly drew condemnation from medical professionals, who said sometimes it was not a “choice” for a patient.

General internist in Winnipeg, Dr. Jillian Horton, said doctors in the ICU told her symptoms sometimes hit so quickly that people didn’t have time to be tested and their first call was 911 .

Some present to the hospital with symptoms such as heart pain and only learn after admission that the symptoms were caused by COVID-19, she said.

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