January 20, 2021

60 COVID-19 cases are associated with holiday meetings, and 10 Manitoba deaths have been reported

Manitoba on Wednesday reported 10 more COVID-19 deaths and 176 new cases, and officials see an increase over the Christmas holidays.

Nearly 60 cases and more than 400 contacts have been systematically linked to holiday meetings, said Dr Jas Adwal, the deputy chief public health officer of the executive.

There are many more opportunities, he said.

“We don’t know what the full impact of the holidays will be.”

As a result, Adwal said the call to relax restrictions on public health orders, which expire on January 8, was too early.

Watch | Dr. Jazz Adwal on 60 new COVID-19 cases related to holiday meetings:

So far, nearly 60 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 400 close contacts in Manitoba have been linked to meetings during the holidays, says Dr. Jas Atwal, the state deputy chief of operations. But it is still too early to realize the full impact of the holidays on the province’s case numbers, and how this could affect new public health orders coming in this weekend, he said. 1:13

“We know that code red is a challenge for everyone. We have been asking you to control your life for eight weeks. It has been a long time. But we see the impact of those restrictions on our numbers and on our hospitals,” he said.

“Today’s numbers are a bit high, but the restrictions in place have made a difference, and continue to make a difference.

“I ask you to continue.”

The holiday season is not over yet and Ukrainian Christmas is celebrated on Thursday.

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“We are concerned about a spike following the holidays, and those numbers will affect decisions about what kind of changes can be made to the regulations in the coming days,” Artwal said.

“We can’t predict what will happen today.”

Test positive rates are still high, with the current five-day rate being 10.4 per cent provincially and 11.5 per cent in Winnipeg, Adwal said.

Hospital admissions and ICU numbers are also high, he said.

329 are hospitalized due to COVID-19, 237 are active and 92 are non-infectious, but require constant maintenance.

37 are in intensive care due to COVID-19, 32 are active and five are no longer contagious, but require continued critical care.

As a result, selective surgeries are still being postponed, which affects many, Adwal said.

“Our health care system continues to be taxed.”

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Manitoba is now 705.

The latest deaths include four people involved in health care facilities in Winnipeg.

They linked a woman and man in the ’80s to a woman in the’ 90s with the explosion at Seven Oaks Hospital, while her death in the ’70s was associated with an explosion at the Golden Links Lodge.

A woman in her 40s died in the Northern Health Region, while the remaining four were from the Winnipeg health area – one man in his 80s, two women in his 90s and one man in his 90s.

1,845 tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total to 430,597 since last February.

Maintain home visit camps

The province is working to ensure that visiting shelters in private care homes are open “in the coming days and weeks”.

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The new all-season shelters will allow for some community visits between residents and family members or friends.

With code red, only designated maintenance providers are allowed to visit. Once the new shelters are ready, additional visitors will be allowed.

As part of the campaign that begins Monday, Prime Minister Brian Polyester announced on Wednesday that next month all residents of Manitoba personal care homes will have the opportunity to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, Adwal announced that explosions had been reported at Oakview Manor in Blumenard, River Park Gardens Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and the MSP ward at Thomson General Hospital in Thomson.

Watch | Full press conference on COVID-19 | Jan. 6, 2021:

Provincial officials issue update on COVID-19 eruption: Monday, January 6, 2021. 43:25