- There will be 34 more after that. COVID- According to a news release from Manitoba, 19 patients were admitted to hospitals on Friday.
- Due to the highly infectious Omicron coronavirus variant, many cases aren’t being reported, which has overwhelmed Manitoba’s testing capacity.
There are 34 more to come. COVID-19 patients were admitted to Manitoba hospitals on Friday, according to a news release from the province.
The increase brings the total number of people admitted to the hospital with the illness to 297.
According to the release, the number of individuals in ICU has risen by one since Thursday.
According to a spokesperson for Shared Health, which oversees healthcare delivery in Manitoba, COVID-19 patients account for more than a third of the 96 total ICU patients in the province.
The critical care program had a capacity of 72 patients before the pandemic.
Dr. Jazz Atwal, the province’s deputy chief public health officer, stated “on Wednesday that Manitoba had reported 3,265 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, a new high for the province, though the genuine number of infections is likely eight to ten times higher than what is reported each day.
Due to the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant, many cases aren’t being reported, which has overwhelmed Manitoba’s testing capacity. As a result, daily case numbers are no longer the most accurate reflection of COVID-19’s effect in the province.
The release expects case counts to rise as the province works through a testing backlog of about 6,000 samples.
The Winnipeg health region accounts for just under two-thirds of the cases reported on Friday (2,168). The Southern Health Region has 378 people, the Prairie Mountain Health Region has 285 people, the Interlake-Eastern Health Region has 264 people, and the Northern Health Region has 170 people.
According to the release, there were 588 cases — just under 20% — among people who had not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the province’s online vaccination status dashboard, half of those admitted to hospital with the illness, 77% of those who ended up in intensive care, and 63% of those who died were not fully immunized in the last six weeks.
According to the release, Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate increased to 44.4 percent, up 43.5 percent on Thursday. That rate is now 52.6 percent in Winnipeg, up from 48 percent when the last updated data on Wednesday.
Source: CTV News
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