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Friday, January 28, 2022

In Manitoba, there have been no omicron cases, however 24 travelers have been quarantined

Key takeaways:

  • Manitoba reported 124 new COVID-19 infections and two more deaths on Wednesday.
  • Dr. Brent Roussin stated that 24 people who have traveled to 10 African nations and arrived in Manitoba are being quarantined.
  • In Manitoba, 96 people are in intensive care units, with 24 of them having COVID-19. Pre-pandemic, there were 72 ICU beds.

On Wednesday, Manitoba reported 124 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths.

There are 48 new cases in the Southern Health Region (31 of which are unvaccinated), 31 in the Winnipeg Health Region (15 of which are unvaccinated), 21 in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region (12 of which are unvaccinated), 20 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region (eight of which are unvaccinated), and four in the Northern Health Region (three not fully vaccinated).

At this moment, no cases of the B.1.1.529 or omicron variation have been found in Manitoba, while a handful has been discovered in Ottawa, Quebec, and, most recently, Alberta.

In an online press conference on Wednesday, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin stated, 24 people who have traveled to 10 African nations and arrived in Manitoba are being quarantined.

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Officials are sequencing all positive COVID-19 test results linked to travel to look for omicron in Manitoba.

Although nothing is known about how transmissible or deadly it is compared to previous variations, the World Health Organization’s statement prompted several nations, including Canada, to declare severe border controls in recent days.

Even though a new strain of worry has emerged, Dr. Joss Reimer, the medical lead of the vaccine implementation task group, remains optimistic because Manitoba children are now ready for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“Because kids weren’t vaccinated and didn’t have access, the five to eleven age group was making up an increasing proportion of all of our cases. 

Even though the omicron form is a potential concern that we haven’t seen in Manitoba yet but could in the future, the vaccine remains the best tool for protecting Manitobans. “At the press conference, she stated.

According to Reimer, the pediatric dose was evaluated on children with the delta or B.1.617 variant as the dominant version of concern, adding to the basis for optimism.

“The study’s 91 percent efficacy was looking at delta, so they were already looking at a variety that was more worrying than the original strain,” she explained.

“They’ll guard against it. It’s a different strain of the virus, but it’s still the same virus. We already know that the vaccination will provide us with immunity that will protect us all.”

Two men in their 90s died Wednesday, one from the Southern Health region linked to the epidemic at Third Crossing Manor and the other from the Winnipeg health region tied to the outbreak at Grace Hospital’s 4 North surgery unit.

124 new COVID  cases, 2 deaths reported Wednesday in Manitoba

The province also shared additional information about the four people who died on Tuesday:

  • A Northern Health Region resident in his forties.
  • From the Southern Health region, a man in his 60s.
  • A man in his 70s who lives in the Southern Health region.
  • A Southern Health man in his 80s has been linked to the epidemic at Third Crossing Manor.

The virus has already claimed the death of 1,321 people in Manitoba. There are currently 1,383 cases open, with 65,295 patients having recovered.

A total of 3,082 COVID-19 tests were performed on Tuesday.

COVID-19 has infected 143 people, putting them in the hospital. 46 persons are unvaccinated, 45 are completely vaccinated, and two are partially vaccinated among 93 active cases.

In Manitoba, 96 people are in intensive care units, with 24 of them having COVID-19. Pre-pandemic, there were 72 ICU beds.

When it comes to the most serious results, however, the gap is significantly bigger. 15 of the COVID-19 patients in intensive care with active viral cases (17) are unvaccinated, while two have received at least two doses.

The medicine unit at Selkirk Regional Health Centre has declared an outbreak.

In the meantime, the following outbreaks have been declared over:

  • Portage District General Hospital’s medicine unit.
  • The Neepawa Health Centre
  • The Ralph Maybank School in Winnipeg has a grade 5 and 6 class.
  • At Winnipeg’s École Sacré-Coeur, a second-grade class.

Source: CBC News

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