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Thirty-one Covid-19 Deaths Were Detected In The Past Week.

Thirty-one Covid-19 Deaths Were Detected In The Past Week.

“I think we’re at the point yet again where the horse is out of the barn,” said Horton, comparing this phase of the fourth wave with the points of no return during previous waves of the
Doctors in Manitoba, however, have yet to call for the widespread application of pandemic restrictions — something they did before the second wave took off in October 2020 and the third wave spiralled out of control in May of this year.

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The Ministry of Health said 334 of Thursday’s cases involved unvaccinated people, 18 involved people with one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, 245 involved fully-vaccinated people and 45 were in people with unknown vaccination status.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated infections made up 55 per cent of Thursday’s tally despite forming only 22 per cent of Ontario’s population.

Provincial labs processed 29,814 test specimens, generating a positivity rate of at least 2.1 per cent once inconclusive and duplicate tests are accounted for.

Ontario’s known active caseload increased for the third day in a row and now stands at 4,269, up from a low of under 3,000 just two weeks ago.

Across the GTHA, Toronto reported 74 new cases, Peel reported 61 and York Region reported 62.

Durham Region reported 22 new cases, Hamilton reported 12 cases and Halton reported 16.

Elsewhere in the province, Simcoe-Muskoka reported 52 new cases, Windsor-Essex reported 48 and Ottawa reported 39.

There have now been 9,916 deaths confirmed in Ontario since March 2020. Thirty-one COVID-19 deaths were detected in the past week.

The Ministry of Health said one previously recorded death was removed from the total on Thursday, leading to a net increase of four deaths instead of five.

Thirty-one per cent of Thursday’s cases involved people 19 years-old or younger.

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table now estimates the province’s effective reproduction number is 1.24, meaning every 100 cases will go on to generate 124 secondary infections, and the doubling time for daily cases is now 15 days, down from 17 last week.

Yesterday, the province decided that worsening indicators were enough to delay removing the last indoor capacity limits in place in nightclubs, bathhouses, strip clubs and other facilities with space for dancing that were scheduled to lift next week.

Ontario’s hospitals were caring for 251 patients with COVID-19-related illness on Thursday, up 26 from one week ago, with 132 in intensive care.

Seventy-two people were breathing with the help of a ventilator.

The Ministry of Health said nearly 16,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered on Wednesday, with 5,721 first doses and 10,241 second shots received.

More than 88 per cent of people age 12 and up now have at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine and 85 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Under pressure to curb the rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Manitoba, health officials are expected to unveil a new public health order on Friday afternoon.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said new restrictions are coming to arrest what he described as a disappointing trend: the near-doubling of COVID-19 cases in the space of three weeks.

On Oct. 21, Manitoba was averaging 83 COVID-19 cases per day. On Wednesday, the seven-day average daily case count had risen to 158 cases.

The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 also jumped from 87 to 143 during the same three-week span — a rise of 64 per cent — while the provincewide test positivity rate nearly doubled from 3.2 per cent to 6.2 per cent.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Health Minister Audrey Gordon said public health measures would be updated later this week, leaving the impression Roussin will unveil new restrictions Friday.
The notion of containing the fourth wave of COVID-19 in Manitoba by applying new restrictions solely on the Southern Health region — home to the province’s highest infection rate and lowest vaccination rate — no longer appears to be a silver bullet.

Shaw said the “next logical step” for Manitoba would be additional means of preventing unvaccinated people from coming into contact with vaccinated people.

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Unvaccinated people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 are far more infectious than vaccinated people who contract the disease, numerous studies have concluded.

The problem is the province already prevents unvaccinated people from entering restaurants, bars, movie theatres and professional sports venues.

Dr. Jillian Horton, an internist at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg, said Thursday the province could focus more on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Manitoba needs to do more to protect students as COVID-19 case counts rise, teacher says
From Oct. 9 to Nov. 9, people 19 or under contracted 35 per cent of Manitoba’s COVID-19 cases, Shared Health said in a statement.

Horton said better ventilation in schools, smaller cohorts and rapid testing for students could all mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among young people. But it’s tough to envision how new restrictions will help, she said.

As of Wednesday, 28 COVID-19 patients required intensive care in Manitoba hospitals. At the worst point of the third wave, on June 1, there were 72 COVID-19 patients in ICUs in Manitoba and another 37 getting intensive care in other provinces.

Half of Manitoba’s current COVID-19 patients in ICU are from Southern Health, which is also home to 40 per cent of the COVID-19 hospital patients in this province and 31 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases.

The Southern Health region has 15 per cent of Manitoba’s population.

Martin Harder, the mayor of Winkler, said he and other southern Manitoba municipal leaders would appreciate advance warning if the region is intended as the subject of targeted new measures.

“Right now, I would appreciate it if Dr. Roussin at least would give municipalities affected a heads up,” Harder said Thursday via email.

Harder said he would prefer “that the changes would be disruptive to those individuals who have ignored the standards and precautions set out, not the struggling businesses and communities that are caught in the tornado and the innocent.”

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