• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #536

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


December 6, 2021


No cases of the B.1.1.529 (omicron) variant have been detected in Manitoba at this time and the province can confirm that all positive travel-related specimens are being sequenced.

The province continues to monitor the situation and work with federal officials in the fight against COVID-19 and its variants. Federal travel restrictions can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.

Anyone returning from a country identified by the Government of Canada as requiring quarantine must self-identify their past 14 day travel history when seeking care at any health care facility or if calling 911. Health-care facilities will not permit visitor access to anyone that has travelled to any of these countries in the past 14 days.

The province urges Manitobans to follow the public health orders, focus on the fundamentals and get vaccinated. Vaccination still provides one of the best defences against COVID-19. Find a vaccine location near you at https://protectmb.ca/making-your-appointment-is-easy/.

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

  • a male in his 50s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region linked to an outbreak at Manitoba Developmental Centre (reported Saturday);

  • a male in his 60s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region linked to an outbreak at Manitoba Developmental Centre (reported Saturday);

  • a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region linked to an outbreak at Grace Hospital Surgery unit (reported Sunday);

  • a female in her 80s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region (reported Sunday);

  • a male in his 60s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region (reported Sunday); and

  • a male in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region (reported Monday).

Today's five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.3 per cent provincially and 4.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 539 new cases of the virus have been identified since Friday: 191 cases on Saturday, Dec. 4; 211 cases on Sunday, Dec. 5; and 137 cases today. This includes:

Region

Cases

Interlake-Eastern health region

49

Northern health region

79

Prairie Mountain Health region

49

Southern Health-Santé Sud health region

176

Winnipeg health region

186

Two cases have been removed due to data correction. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 68,845.

There were 137 new cases identified in Manitoba today. Of these, 77 are in individuals who were not fully vaccinated. This includes:

Region

Cases

Not Fully Vaccinated

Interlake-Eastern health region

10

Seven

Northern health region

14

Eight

Prairie Mountain Health region

13

Eight

Southern Health-Santé Sud health region

41

24

Winnipeg health region

59

30

Today’s data also shows:

  • 1,613 active cases and 65,898 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;

  • 152 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 including 104 people with active COVID-19 as well as 48 people who are no longer infectious;

  • a total of 30 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including 24 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as six people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care;

  • 2,165 laboratory tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 1,191,010; and

  • the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,334.

Outbreaks have been declared at:

  • Lions Prairie Manor personal care home, Skyview unit, in Portage la Prairie.

The facility has been moved to Critical (Red) level on the Pandemic Response System.

Vaccine

Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine includes anyone ages five or older. A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all adults a minimum of six months after their last dose with limited exceptions. More information is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#third.

A total of 2,205,261 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba, including 27,941 first doses given to children ages five to 11. This represents 22.3 per cent of children in that age group. As of today, 81.7 per cent of all eligible Manitobans ages five and up have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 77.3 per cent have received two doses. Manitoba’s online vaccine dashboard will be updated in the coming days to include updated statistics about this demographic, as well as third doses.

Many Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html.

Additional online resources are available on the following topics:

  • vaccine campaign in Manitoba at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca; 

  • possible exposure locations by region at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event;

  • data related to COVID-19, variants of concern, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/; and

  • up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba at www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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