- According to health officials, current public health orders in Manitoba will be extended.
- According to the province’s current forecasting, the number of cases requiring ICU care is expected to rise in the coming weeks.
Manitoba health officials have announced that current public health orders will be extended.
The current orders were supposed to expire sooner next week, but they’ll be extended for another week until February 8.
While the number of cases appears to have leveled off, Health Minister Audrey Gordon says more data is needed.
“As we all know how to live with the virus, staying the course over the next week is critical.” There are signs of improvement, but we need more information to fully assess our upcoming steps and implement pandemic-related initiatives.”
She stated that hospitalizations and intensive care units are at an all-time high but are now stable or steadily decreasing in recent weeks.
According to Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer, recent data from Winnipeg wastewater indicates the viral tally may be increasing once again.
“We need all Manitobans to get immunized, stay home when sick, get tested, and self-isolate as per public health orders as COVID-19 continues to stress our health care system.” I’m sure we’re all exhausted. We have the potential to reduce the virus’s impact if we work together.”
According to the province’s current forecasting, the number of cases requiring ICU care will likely continue to rise in the coming weeks.
According to the province, ICU capacity constraints may force more people to be relocated outside of their home region.
Dr. David Matear, health system co-lead, Unified Health Sector Incident Command, stated, “We are preparing for accommodation as well as capacity to ensure we have space for additional admittance to hospital and ICU.”
To aid patients who must transfer, the province provides financial assistance to relatives or other followers who visit them.
Each patient will have one designated support person eligible for meal vouchers, transportation funding, and lodging up to $70 per night.
According to Gordon, the province hopes to lay out a plan for reopening next week.
Source: CBC News
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