- The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to rise in Manitoba, with public health reporting another 12 deaths.
- This week, children aged five to eleven will receive their second round of vaccines, according to the province.
- The province conducted 3,047 laboratory tests on Tuesday. Manitoba now has a three-day test positive rate of 33.1 percent.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations keeps rising in Manitoba, with another 12 deaths reported by public health.
Hospitalizations rose to 631 on Wednesday, up from 620 on Tuesday, according to the Manitoba COVID-19 dashboard.
There are 601 current cases among the total COVID-19 hospitalizations. COVID-19 is present in 50 persons in the intensive care unit, with all but one having active cases.
According to trends for the week ending Jan. 13, unvaccinated people are 3 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, 11 times as likely to be admitted to ICU, and 10 times as likely dead with COVID-19, according to Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer.
“It is evident that vaccines continue to provide a significant benefit to Manitobans, and I strongly urge all Manitobans to receive whatever dose they are eligible for as soon as possible,” he added.
85.1 percent of eligible Manitobans had received at least one dose as of Wednesday, 78.3 percent had received two doses, and 36.5 percent had received three doses.
The province announced that the second round of immunizations would be given to youngsters aged five to eleven this week. After the initial dose, children should wait eight weeks before receiving a second dose. The first dose had been given to 53.3 percent of the age category as of Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the province announced 12 more COVID-19 deaths, increasing the total number of deaths to 1,478.
A man in his 40s, two females in their 60s, a guy in his 70s, and three guys and three females in their 80s, all from Winnipeg, were victims. Two men in their 70s died, one from Southern Health-Santé Sud and the other from the Prairie Mountain Health district.
On Tuesday, the province conducted 3,047 laboratory tests. Manitoba now has a 33.1 percent five-day test positive rate.
As of Wednesday, 919 new COVID-19 cases have been found, increasing the total number of cases reported in the pandemic to 112,346. There are 41,708 current cases reported, with 69,160 recoveries.
“We know the number of cases recorded is greatly underestimated,” Roussin said. “It’s difficult to determine the exact figure there. What we can be sure of is that the true number of COVID instances is far greater than the 919 we disclosed.”
According to him, the lower case count is attributable to a change in Manitoba’s testing technique. According to him, most cases among those who test positive using a quick home test are not reported to public health and thus are not included in the daily case counts.
According to the government, only persons who are sick or have been advised by public health to get tested should go to a COVID-19 provincial testing location. Anyone who is not eligible, according to Roussin, will be turned away.
Source: CTV News
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