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James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson
COVID-19 update Tuesday, Oct 27
- 5-day test positivity rate is 7.5%. Winnipeg is at 8.6%.
- 3 people died for a total of 58, all in Winnipeg.
• a female in her 60s linked to the Parkview Place outbreak,
• a male in his 80s linked to St. Boniface Hospital
• a female in her 80s linked to St. Boniface Hospital.
Condolences to the families.

- There are 183 new cases bringing the total to 4,532
• 9 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 8 cases in the Northern health region;
• 4 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 19 cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud region; and
• 144 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

- The number of active cases has increased by 121
- an additional 59 have recovered for a total of 2,236
- That leaves 2,238 active cases (up from 2,117)
- Transcona has 61 active cases (up from 57 yesterday)

Dr. Roussin says that Public Health is not marking all recoveries because staff are busy with contact tracing etc. This means Recoveries are understated and the Active Case count is overstated. New cases over the past 10 days total 1,274. The Active Case count is likely much closer to that number than 2,238

Manitobans are encouraged to use the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home when you're sick, proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household.

- 83 are in hospital including 15 in intensive care
- 1,721 tests completed yesterday for a total of 244,606 tests

Provincial Response Level is ORANGE/RESTRICTED for the Winnipeg Metro Region and is YELLOW/CAUTION for most of the rest of the province. Find out more at manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/

Anyone with questions should visit engagemb.ca/covid19-csp

Check out the Manitoba Covid-19 dashboard at manitoba.ca/covid19
James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson
Today, the Manitoba Liberals, in a fit of legislative petulance, denied Manitobans the benefit of having this legislation pass quickly.

Please reach out to Dougald Lamont, Jon Gerrard and Cindy Lamoureaux to encourage them to change course and let this important legislation get through to help Manitobans.
James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson
The last four weeks have seen a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Manitoba. A number of concerning behaviors lie at the root of this sharp rise in cases. Dr. Roussin identified a number of these today and in prior news conferences. You can find them listed on the graphic below.

It can get much worse. Ontario's total pandemic death rate is 6x Manitoba's (adjusting for population). Quebec's is 9.8x higher. Canada's rate of total cases is more than double Manitoba's.

Please take the recommendations to stay home when you're sick, to limit your number of close contacts and to practice good hand hygiene seriously. Wearing a mask does not give you an excuse to ignore those fundamentals.

* this graphic compares the period from March 15 to June 15 to the past four weeks (Sep 29 to Oct 26).
James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson
COVID-19 update Monday, Oct 26
- 5-day test positivity rate is 7.1% (up from 6.5% Saturday)
- 5 people died over the weekend for a total of 55.
• a male in his 50s;
• a female in her 90s, linked to an outbreak at Parkview Place;
• a female in her 80s; and
• a male in his 70s, linked to an outbreak at Parkview Place.
• a female in her 80s related to the outbreak at Parkview Place
Condolences to the families.

- There are 100 new cases bringing the total to 4,349
• five cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 10 cases in the Northern health region;
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 11 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 73 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

- The number of active cases has increased by 64
- an additional 35 have recovered for a total of 2,177
- That leaves 2,117 active cases (up from 2,053)
- Transcona has 57 cases (up from 53 on Friday)

Dr. Roussin says that Public Health is not marking all recoveries because staff are busy with contact tracing etc. This means Recoveries are understated and the Active Case count is overstated. New cases over the past 10 days total 1,176. The Active Case count is likely much closer to that number than 2,117

Manitobans are encouraged to use the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home when you're sick, proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household.

- 80 are in hospital including 15 in intensive care
- 4,493 tests completed yesterday for a total of 242,787 tests

Provincial Response Level is ORANGE/RESTRICTED for the Winnipeg Metro Region and is YELLOW/CAUTION for most of the rest of the province. Find out more at manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/

Anyone with questions should visit engagemb.ca/covid19-csp

Check out the Manitoba Covid-19 dashboard at manitoba.ca/covid19
James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson
PROVINCE PROPOSES LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS FOR COVID-19 JOB-PROTECTED LEAVE
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Manitoba First Province to Introduce Legislation for More Workers to Access Protected Paid Leave: Pallister

The Manitoba government plans to introduce amendments today to the Employment Standards Code so more workers can take protected leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic and apply for federal benefits, announced Premier Brian Pallister.

“Manitoba has led the way on advocating for a federal paid sick leave program, and we’ll be the first province to move forward with introducing important legislative changes so more Manitobans can access these new federal benefits,” said Pallister. “Our first priority is protecting the health and well-being of all Manitobans, and this legislation would save workers from making the difficult decision whether to earn a paycheque or stay home while sick.”

The premier has been a strong advocate for a national paid sick leave program for workers affected by COVID-19 since early in Canada’s pandemic response. The federal program came into effect Sept. 27 and Manitoba’s legislation would be retroactive to that date. Amendments to the provincial code are necessary to close gaps between Manitoba’s existing protected leave provisions and the new federal program, and ensure all Manitoba workers eligible for the new Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) are protected if they take a leave of absence from their job to access the benefits.

In April, the Manitoba government introduced unlimited unpaid protected leave for workers required to self-isolate or care for a family member because of the pandemic. To align with federal eligibility criteria, the amendments would extend provincial leave entitlements to include workers who are more susceptible to COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions, ongoing medical treatments or other illnesses.

“By expanding the job-protected leave we provided Manitobans in April, we will further protect workers, their families and co-workers during the pandemic,” said Pallister. “It’s critical for all Manitobans to stay home when feeling ill, and we must do everything we can to help employers and employees follow public health orders and measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Eligible workers can now apply for the newly available CRSB, which offers $500 per week for up to two weeks, and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, which provides workers $500 per week for up to 26 weeks to take time off to care for a family member. Once new provincial legislation passes, it would also protect the jobs of workers more susceptible to COVID-19 if they take leave and apply for CRSB.

The new amendments would also allow the province to adapt public health emergency leave provisions by regulation if needed as the pandemic evolves.

Pallister noted the province has consulted and received support on the proposed legislation from the Labour Management Review Committee, an advisory body comprised of business and labour representatives. Organizations such as the Retail Council of Canada support paid sick leave legislation as it would help reduce some of the financial burden retailers and businesses face when a worker takes leave to isolate due to the pandemic.

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James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson
COVID-19 update Saturday, Oct 24
- 2 people died for a total of 50. Both were females in their 70s from Winnipeg, one from Misericordia Place. Condolences to the families.

- There are 153 new cases bringing the total to 4,088
• 8 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 15 cases in the Northern health region;
• 24 cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud region; and
• 91 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

- The number of active cases has increased by 67
- an additional 84 have recovered for a total of 2,116
- That leaves 1,922 active cases (up from 1,855)

Dr. Roussin says that Public Health is not marking all recoveries because staff are busy with contact tracing etc. This means Recoveries are understated and the Active Case count is overstated. New cases over the past 10 days total 1,163. The Active Case count is likely much closer to that number than 1,922

- 65 are in hospital including 10 in intensive care
- 5-day test positivity rate is unavailable due to system upgrades.

Laboratory system data, including daily testing numbers, total testing numbers and the test positivity rate, will be unavailable today due to scheduled systems upgrades. Data is expected to be available tomorrow at news.gov.mb.ca (I don't publish these updates on Sundays).

Manitobans are encouraged to use the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home when you're sick, proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household.

Provincial Response Level is ORANGE/RESTRICTED for the Winnipeg Metro Region and is YELLOW/CAUTION for most of the rest of the province. Find out more at manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/

Anyone with questions should visit engagemb.ca/covid19-csp

Check out the Manitoba Covid-19 dashboard at manitoba.ca/covid19