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Province makes modest changes to provincial public health orders protecting Manitobans effective Jan. 23

Limited changes to the public health orders will take effect on Jan. 23 and last for three weeks, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today, adding these modest changed balance the need to protect the health-care system while gradually restoring services and activities for Manitobans.

“We recognize the significant sacrifices all Manitobans have made throughout this pandemic and especially in the last two months, to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community,” said Pallister. “Thanks to their willingness, compassion and dedication to follow the strict public health orders, we are now in a position to cautiously and gradually reduce some restrictions, while ensuring we continue to protect and safeguard Manitoba lives. Manitobans have earned this day and Manitobans now have the opportunity to earn such days in the future.”

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COVID-19 bulletin #321

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 60s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Poseidon Care Centre.
• a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
• a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Salem Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.2 per cent provincially and 6.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 198 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to a data correction, making the net new cases 196 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,089.

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Health system transformation prioritizes support for mental health and addictions

The next step in Manitoba’s health system transformation will see key information management and public health roles consolidated within Manitoba Health and Seniors Care, while an integrated mental health and addictions service is established within Shared Health, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson and Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery Minister Audrey Gordon announced today.

“Manitoba’s health system transformation has identified a number of front-line and administrative support services where provincial co-ordination and integrated operation will improve the delivery of care, patient experiences and health outcomes,” said Stefanson. “As Manitoba’s COVID-19 response continues to evolve, the benefits of a provincial focus on these priority areas within our health system are clear and will allow us to address new challenges in a consistent and well co-ordinated way while we plan for additional initiatives and investments that will improve care and support increased access to priority services as we emerge from the pandemic.”

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COVID-19 bulletin #320

Public health officials advise six additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Personal Care Home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.5 per cent provincially and 6.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 154 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case was removed due to a data correction making the net-new cases 153 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,893.

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COVID-19 vaccine bulletin #27

A new online dashboard is being launched today at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine to provide timely information to Manitobans about the immunization campaign. It is updated daily and includes:
• doses received and administered;
• percentage of Manitobans aged 18 or older who are fully vaccinated;
• a projection on the number of immunizations planned over the next 28 days; and
• immunization statistics based on age, sex and region of residence.

To date, 20,265 doses of vaccine have been administered including 18,120 first doses and 2,145 second doses.

At this time, focused immunization teams are providing immunizations at personal care homes across the province. A total of 51 personal care homes across the province will be visited by focused immunization teams this week. Ten sites were visited last week. Data about personal care home immunizations is not available in real-time, but the most recent information indicates 1,067 residents have been immunized.

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Statements on further reductions in COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered to Manitoba

For the second time in days, Manitoba has been told to expect another reduction in the amount of Pfizer vaccine coming to our province from the federal government and the manufacturer. What we know so far is this: our planning had been based on 18,720 doses between now and the end of the month. As of today, that projection has been cut to in half, with further reductions expected in February. This is incredibly disappointing news for me as the minister, as I know it is for many Manitobans who see the vaccine as a ray of hope among the many losses and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 bulletin #319

Public health officials advise 11 additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 50s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Heritage Life Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Deer Lodge Centre, Lodge 4 West;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Concordia Place;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.9 per cent provincially and 7.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 111 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,740.

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COVID-19 vaccine bulletin #26

Manitoba’s Focused Immunization Teams (FITs) continue to immunize residents at personal care homes (PCHs) across the province. First doses of the vaccine will now be given to all eligible PCH residents by the end of January, more than a week ahead of initial projections. Last week, teams visited 10 personal care homes, and all consenting and eligible personal care home residents were immunized with their first dose. This week, residents at 51 personal care homes will be immunized throughout the province.

The province’s broader immunization plans have been adjusted based on recently announced delays or reductions in Pfizer vaccine shipments from the federal government, which are expected to continue for at least another month. Based on Manitoba’s current inventory and revised delivery projections, another 4,000 first-dose immunization appointments will be available at the Winnipeg and Brandon super sites this week and next week.

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COVID-19 bulletin #319

Public health officials advise four additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 80s from the Northern health region, linked to the outbreak at the Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Concordia Place; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Health Science Centre WRS3.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.6 per cent provincially and 7.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 118 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,629.

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COVID-19 bulletin #317

Public health officials advise eight additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 70s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 30s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Health Sciences Centre GA4;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region,
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.4 per cent provincially and 7.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 189 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,511.

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COVID-19 bulletin #316

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
· a male in his 70s from Southern Health-Santé Sud;
· a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.2 per cent provincially and 7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 180 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,322.

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Province provides update on vaccine supply and plans

No vaccine appointments have been cancelled in Manitoba following news that upcoming Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine delivery schedules will be delayed across Canada, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“Every Manitoban who has made an appointment to be immunized will still be able to do so, whether it’s their first or second dose,” Stefanson said. “We are now seeing the benefits of our initial planning and the precautions we took, as the federally-sourced vaccine supply remains unpredictable. I want to thank the Vaccine Implementation Task Force for the strategic work that has been done to develop and implement this unprecedented campaign. We have not taken unnecessary risks by over-extending or assuming future supply and as a result, will not have to deal with mass cancellations or confusion.”

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COVID-19 bulletin #315

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
· a male in his 70s from Northern health region;
· a male in his 80s from Southern Health-Santé Sud;
· a male in his 70s from Winnipeg health region;
· a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
· a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10 per cent provincially and 7.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 191 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,145.

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COVID-19 vaccine bulletin #25

To date, 13,539 doses of vaccine have been administered, including 11,401 first doses and 2,138 second doses.

At this time, focused immunization teams are providing immunizations at personal care homes across the province. It is expected that all personal care home residents will receive their first vaccine dose by mid-February. At this time, 281 personal care home residents have been immunized.

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COVID-19 bulletin #314

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
· a male in his 60 from the Winnipeg health region; and
· a male in his 90s from Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10 per cent provincially and 7.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 261 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to data correction and brings to net new cases to 259 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,954.

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