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Details slim on province's plans to roll out vaccines – Winnipeg Free Press

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It has been nearly three weeks since the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Manitoba, and many unanswered questions remain about the province’s distribution plan.

On Monday, chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said the vaccine rollout is limited by supply. He said the provincial vaccine task force is using algorithms to prioritize distribution, and expects 7,000 doses to be given out this week — down from an initial estimate of 10,000 doses delivered each week in January.

However, Roussin said he couldn’t provide specifics.

As of Sunday, roughly 3,400 doses had been distributed; Roussin couldn’t say how many the province currently has on hand. Nearly 2,000 appointment slots were still open for eligible health-care workers who want to be vaccinated, as of Monday.

“Our approach is really based on the highest risk settings and the ability to get the most vaccines in the most arms in the shortest period of time,” Roussin said.

Meanwhile, the Moderna-branded vaccine hasn’t yet made its way to remote First Nations communities, Roussin said.

There are 5,300 doses of that vaccine set aside for First Nations communities, which are more vulnerable to rapid spread of the virus, he confirmed Monday, saying officials are working with clinical teams appointed by First Nations leaders.

“The plans for the First Nations are being worked out,” Roussin said.

Public health officials previously stated residents of First Nations communities could expect to start receiving the vaccine at the same time as personal care home residents. On Monday, Roussin said vaccines will start rolling out to personal care home residents next week, and that more details will soon follow.

Public health officials haven’t released a general timeline for when vaccine eligibility will be expanded, except to say it depends on supply of the vaccine.

They’ve been repeatedly asked for more details on the vaccine rollout and for more information on when other groups of Manitobans will become eligible. Currently, only select front-line health-care workers can receive the vaccine, and the province has said personal care home residents, First Nations communities, and vulnerable groups will follow.

“Clearly, there are some pieces of this vaccine plan that we have not been informed about,” NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Monday.

At the rate of 40,000 vaccinations per month — the province’s target for January — it would take well beyond the end of 2021 to vaccinate eligible Manitobans, Kinew said in an interview. The timeline for personal care home residents and the general public getting the COVID-19 vaccine should be made available, as well as any plan to roll-out the vaccine at pharmacies, he said.

“These are questions I’m sure the government has answers to, and they need to be telling Manitobans so that they can have confidence in this plan,” Kinew said. “One way for us to keep Manitobans motivated about observing the public health guidance and about making it through this pandemic together is if we do get more details on what the vaccine plan is.”

— with files from Carol Sanders 

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COVID: Less than 200 cases, 2 deaths in Manitoba Saturday – CHVN Radio

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According to Public health officials, there have been 180 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths in the province.

The deaths include a male in his 70s from the Rural East District in Southern Health-Santé Sud, and a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg Health Region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.2%. As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 180 new cases of the virus have been identified bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,322.

Of the 180 new cases announced Saturday, 10 are in Southern Health. One of those is in Steinbach and four are in the Niverville/Ritchot Health District.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

  • 10 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region.
  • 69 cases in the Northern health region.
  • Eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
  • 10 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region.
  • 83 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

  • 2,986 active cases and 23,575 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.
  • There are 122 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 161 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 283 hospitalizations.
  • There are 19 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients.
  • The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 761. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,043 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 450,104. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school, or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear.

Manitobans should only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places, and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

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2 deaths, 180 COVID-19 cases announced in Manitoba Saturday – Global News

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Manitoba public health officials confirm two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported.

The deaths are a man in his 70s from Southern Health-Santé Sud and a man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

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The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.2 per cent provincially and 7 per cent in Winnipeg.

As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 180 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba has risen to 27,322.

The new cases are in the following regions:

  • 10 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
  • 69 cases in the Northern health region
  • eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 10 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
  • 83 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows there are 2,986 active cases and 23,575 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

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There are 122 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 161 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 283 hospitalizations.


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There are 19 people being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units, as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 36 ICU patients.

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The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 761. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,043 tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 450,104.

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An outbreak has been declared at Lynn Lake Hospital in northwestern Manitoba. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital, 4U4-7 in Winnipeg is now declared over.


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Local epidemiologist Cynthia Carr says while it has been challenging to follow health restrictions, it has made a difference.

“These restrictions and the work we have done together really does matter on the serious of levels. working together we have saved almost 2,000 lives. It might have been 1,700, 1,800 or 1,600 but the reality is it mattered,” she said.

And while our numbers remain steady for now, there are still obstacles in certain regions — particularly the North.

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Carr says if the pandemic hasn’t ripped the issue of housing wide open in other areas, she doesn’t know what will.

“This is an ongoing challenge. When I go to a community and do community health assessments and I talk to leadership about health, they won’t say we need a fancy hospital, X-ray machines, etc., one of the first things will be the foundation of housing.”

She says infrastructure is absolutely related to health, and it hasn’t been attended to in our northern communities.

–With files from Anya Nazeravich

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One of Canada's oldest seniors, at 110 years old, gets COVID-19 vaccine at Surrey care home – Cowichan Valley Citizen

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JaHyung Lee, a resident at a Newton care home, received his COVID-19 vaccine at the age of 110.

Amenida Seniors Community said in a news release that residents at the facility received the first dose of their vaccines on Thursday (Jan. 14). JaHyung Lee is one of Canada’s oldest seniors to be inoculated.

The second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be administered “in the coming weeks.”

“We are extremely lucky that we have received enough supplies to vaccinate all of our residents in care,” said Rosa Park, general manager at Amenida.

“As many of our seniors are elderly and require complex care, we can feel safer knowing that the virus won’t be spreading within our community.”

A reporter with the Now-Leader attended Lee’s 109th birthday in 2019. He was born on Aug. 27, 1910.

RELATED: 109th birthday party for ‘amazing’ Surrey man who still shops on his own and plays bingo, Sept. 23, 2019

Meantime, Fraser Health says it has completed 151 vaccine clinics for long-term care and assisted living in the health region.



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