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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

January 31, 2022

COVID-19 BULLETIN #561



Information about COVID-19 in Manitoba is updated weekdays at 12:30 p.m. on these DataMB dashboards:

Based on provincial data, public health officials are highlighting the following trends for the week ending Jan. 27. Over the past week, Manitoba saw:

  • 334 new hospitalizations, a 15 per cent decrease from the previous week;
  • 39 new ICU cases, an 2.5 per cent increase from the previous week; and
  • 4,300 cases, a 29.2 per cent decrease from the previous week.

Manitoba continues to report on the recorded number of COVID-19 cases. However, it is important to note this data is limited and should be used with caution. It includes cases confirmed by a PCR test as well as rapid tests given by health-care professionals. Positive test results from rapid antigen tests, which people generally do at home, are not collected or reported. As a result, these numbers are an under-reporting of COVID-19 in the community.

Key Updates

  • Starting today, the 820 Taylor Ave. testing site will accept walk-ins to pick up rapid antigen tests. Appointment are still available at this location. Non-eligible clients will be turned away. Starting tomorrow, the 1300 Redonda St. site will offer rapid antigen tests in addition to PCR tests via drive-thru. No appointment is necessary. For more information about how to book an appointment and hours of operation at this and other sites, visit: https://gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html.
  • Only symptomatic individuals or those advised by public health should visit a COVID-19 provincial testing site. Rapid antigen tests will continue to be used for the majority of people visiting a provincial testing site. Those who are at higher risk of severe illness as well as some groups who have tested positive on a rapid antigen test will still be eligible for PCR testing. Detailed information on updated COVID-19 testing eligibility can be found at https://gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/index.html.

Deaths

Public health officials advise 19 new deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:

  • a female in her 60s from the Prairie Mountain health region (reported Saturday);
  • a male in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain health region (reported Saturday);
  • a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Saturday);
  • a male in his 40s from the Prairie Mountain health region (reported Saturday);
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Sunday);
  • a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Sunday);
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Sunday);
  • a male in his 60s from the Interlake-Eastern health region and linked to the outbreak at the Tudor House personal care home (reported Sunday);
  • a male in his 60s from the Interlake-Eastern health region and linked to the outbreak at the Tudor House personal care home (reported Sunday);
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Monday);
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Monday);
  • a male in his 70s from Southern Health-Santé Sud health region (reported Monday);
  • a female in her 40s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Monday);
  • a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Monday);
  • a female in her 70s from Southern Health-Santé Sud health region (reported Monday);
  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Monday);
  • a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Monday);
  • a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Monday); and
  • a female in her 80s from the Northern health region (reported Monday).

Outbreaks

Outbreaks have been declared at:

  • Seven Oaks General Hospital, unit 5U4-7, Winnipeg;
  • Grace Hospital, unit 3 North, Winnipeg;
  • Victoria General Hospital, unit 4 North; Winnipeg:
  • Douglas Campbell Lodge personal care home, units B and C, Portage la Prairie; and
  • St. Paul’s Personal Care Home, Dauphin.

Outbreaks have been declared over at:

  • Bethania personal care home, Winnipeg; and
  • Neepawa Health Centre, Neepawa.

Vaccine

The RBC provincial vaccine clinic is open for walk-in appointments.

Manitobans who are eligible for a third dose, or booster, are urged to get one. The booster dose is readily available to everyone over age 18 in Manitoba. It is most important that those who are 50 and over get immunized with a third dose right away, because this age group is experiencing – and will continue to experience – more severe outcomes, including hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths.

Manitobans who live in First Nations communities, have diabetes or are immunocompromised are urged to get a third dose. A complete listing of the medical conditions that would classify a person as immunocompromised can be found at https://protectmb.ca.

Delivering the second round of vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 is continuing in many locations, including schools. It is recommended by Health Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and public health that the second dose be administered eight weeks following the first dose.

As of today, a total of 70,377 first doses have been given to children ages five to 11, or 56.3 per cent of that age group.  

Manitobans are encouraged to get their second and third doses as quickly as possible. While COVID-19 vaccine appointments continue to be available at regional or provincial vaccine clinics, for many people the fastest way to be immunized is at a nearby medical clinic, pharmacy or urban Indigenous clinic. Check the online vaccine finder or a medical clinic or pharmacy near you that provides the COVID-19 vaccine to find the next available opportunity to be immunized. The timeline between second and third doses and eligibility criteria information can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html.

Eligible individuals can book their appointments online, by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC) or by contacting their local pharmacy or medical clinic directly. Visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html for some of the available options.

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