Manitoba reports 11 health facility outbreaks, another 28 COVID-19 deaths

There are 11 new outbreaks of COVID-19 in health facilities and a slight increase in the number of hospital admissions in the latest weekly pandemic report in Manitoba.

There were 196 hospital admissions from May 1-7, compared with 185 last week, an increase of 6%.

Another 13 patients were admitted to intensive care units, including one patient younger than 10 years.

The total death count has increased by 28 to 1,847 deaths in Manitoba since the start of the pandemic.

Lab tests confirmed 902 new COVID-19 cases, down from 1,042 the week before. This is an undercount due to limited access to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. The province does not track positive antigen rapid tests.

The Manitoba test positivity rate in the PCR tests was 17.6%, down from 20.7% the week before.

The labs completed a daily average of 832 tests.

The most recently reported outbreaks are in the following health facilities:

  • Southeast Personal Care House, House 4.
  • Southeast Personal Care House, House 1.
  • Hospital São Bonifacio, A6S.
  • Hospital São Bonifacio, B5ME.
  • Russell Personal Care Home.
  • Home for the elderly in São Paulo.
  • Actionmarguerite São Bonifacio, first floor.
  • Poseidon Care Center, second floor.
  • Rest Haven Care Home.
  • Flin Flon Personal Care House.
  • Minnedosa Personal Care Home.

Jason Kindrachuk, a virologist and research chair of Canada at the University of Manitoba, said the latest data shows that COVID-19 is still here, prevalent and more transmissible than in 2020 and 2021.

Jason Kindracuk is Assistant Professor and Canadian Research Chair in Emerging Viruses at the University of Manitoba (Jaison Empson/CBC)

However, while many people are still getting infected, he says the healthcare system doesn’t seem to be under the same general stress as previous waves. This is partly due to the number of people with three and four doses of COVID-19 vaccines, he said. Those with two also retain antibodies despite declining immunity.

“What we’re starting to see is maybe this shift… [to a] many mild, asymptomatic illnesses in well-protected people, but we are also seeing these serious consequences in these high-risk groups,” Kindrachuk said.

Despite having pharmaceutical interventions such as vaccines and antiretroviral drugs to treat COVID-19 infections, the near total absence of public health mitigation measures, waning immunity, and the emergence of new variants are all linked to ongoing outbreaks and deaths. in Manitoba, Kindracuk said. .

“The sad reality is that we are learning once again that the pandemic is not done with us. We want it to be – we are certainly in a different place than we were in 2020 and 2021 – but the virus is still out there,” he said. he said.

“The more opportunities we give the virus to move through populations, the more it will find people vulnerable to serious illness and we will see continued fatalities.”

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