Manitoba public health officials on Monday announced 251 new COVID-19 cases and one new death.
A 50-year-old man from the Winnipeg health area has died in a case involving the B117 variant.
The number of hospital admissions has risen from 167 to 178 since Sunday, while the number of patients in the ICU has risen from 40 to 45.
The Winnipeg health region has the highest number of new cases at 184.
The rest are Interlake-Eastern Health Area (20), Southern Health Area (18), Northern Health Area (15) and Prairie Mountain Health Area (14).
The current five-day COVID-19 test positive rate is 8 percent provincially and 8.7 percent in Winnipeg, up from 7.7 and 8.4 percent the previous day, respectively.
The rising number prompted Manitoba’s chief public health official to stress the seriousness of the province’s situation.
“Looking at March, there is a 110 percent increase in cases compared to April,” said Dr. Brent Ruchin.
The number of new cases in April was 4,800. By comparison, there were 4,100 cases in October, when the second wave began and Manitoba went into a tight lockout for four months.
“This is why we put in place strong personal health orders last week, which is why we urge Manitobans to stay at home. We need to reduce the number of contacts we have and the best way to do that is to stay at home as much as possible,” Rusin said.
The public health ordinance, which went into effect on Wednesday, barred private meetings and reduced the capacity for outdoor meetings on public property to 10.
The last test positive was in early Winnipeg in early January; The last provincial test positive this rise was January 28th.
Rousseau said the province recognizes that people are tired of public health orders and tired of hearing the basics of how to stay safe and reduce the spread of the disease.
“But if we look at February and March of this year, we can see that these measures are working. We have reduced our case numbers and reduced the pressure on the health care system,” he said.
“But again we see these numbers climbing, and these numbers only climbing because we’re increasing the amount of contacts we have. We’ve been here before, so we know what to do.”
The number of more contagious corona virus variant cases identified in Manitoba rose to 249 on Saturday, bringing the total to 2,344. According to the province’s online dashboard. Of them, 978 were considered active.
As the province seeks to use public health measures to reduce the rising number of cases, it is also expanding eligibility for vaccines.
On Friday, pregnant adults were eligible to be vaccinated at a supersite or popup clinic, while the province opened the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine for people under the age of 30 with certain health conditions.
The second supersite is set to open Friday in Winnipeg, at the Winnipeg Soccer Federation North Facility, 770 Leela Ave.
“Of course our best tool against the COVID-19 vaccine is the one that gives us hope for the future and the hope we have in the summer. But we need to realize that we are not there yet,” Rusin said.
Many manitobans have not yet been vaccinated, so we need to reduce the dose of transmission until everyone has access to the vaccine, Rucin said, urging people to get it as soon as they qualify.
“The sooner we get vaccinated for the majority of monitobans, the sooner we can start to see these restrictions relaxed.”
Garage sales are illegal
Russin reminded Manitobans that garage sales, a popular spring and summer activity, are not under current health orders.
“These orders are in effect after a long weekend, so we need Manitobans to delay any garage sales at this time,” he said.
Slightly related, he said camps. Under current regulations, camps are considered private residences for the time people rent.
“Only those in your home [are] Allowed there. No visitors are allowed outside your home, “said Rusin.
“To address this third wave, all manitopans must do their part.”