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Friday, January 28, 2022

Around 915 Manitoba health-care workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused at least 915 Manitoba health-care workers to become ill

Key takeaways:

  • Over 900 healthcare workers in Manitoba tested positive for COVID-19 during the holiday season, according to Shared Health.
  • The 915 cases include only those who had a positive PCR test and did not call in sick after receiving a positive rapid test. 

According to Shared Health, over 900 healthcare workers in Manitoba tested positive for COVID-19 over the holiday season.

A spokesperson for the healthcare system stated in an email that 915 employees became ill between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, including 194 nurses or nurses in training and  29 doctors or doctors in training. Auxiliary health workers, emergency medical personnel, and support staff make up the rest of the group.

Sixty-six of the cases have been linked to outbreaks.

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“We are grateful to our dedicated staff for continuing to provide excellent patient care in the face of adversity. We also wish all employees who are ill a speedy recovery, “According to the spokesperson.

The 915 cases are up from 423 people who tested positive for COVID-19 the week before.

However, according to Shared Health, this is most likely an undercount. The 915 cases only include those who had a positive PCR test and do not include those who had a positive rapid test and then called in sick.

According to Shared Health, sick time accounted for 6.78 percent of all hours worked in the most recent two-week pay period, up from 6.04 percent at the same time last year.

Over 6,000 hours for every week, or around 750 eight-hour shifts, are lost due to the difference.

COVID-19 has caused at least 915 Manitoba health-care workers to become ill
COVID-19 has caused at least 915 Manitoba health-care workers to become ill. Image from Stat News

Before the pandemic in 2019, sick leave accounted for 5.35 percent of all hours worked during the same pay period.

From 2019 to the most recent one, the pay period differs by around 16,000 hours for every week or about 2,000 eight-hour shifts.

This comes as a growing number of Manitobans are being admitted to hospitals due to the virus.

COVID-19 had infected 297 people in hospitals as of Friday, up 34 from the day before. At the time, thirty-four people were in intensive care.

As of Saturday, Shared Health reported 90 people in intensive care, including those who do not have COVID-19. The baseline potential for ICU patients was 72 well before the pandemic.

Shared Health remains to advocate for all Manitobans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster if they are eligible.

Source: CTV News

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