Health Minister Audrey Gordon announced that the Manitoba government is seeking feedback from Manitobans on emerging COVID-19 vaccination plans for young children.
As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly within the province, and death rates continue to climb, Manitoba is expanding eligibility for the second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Based on updated recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Manitoba Health is revising its guidance on booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine for young people aged 12 to 17.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Learning was not prepared for a pandemic, says Auditor General Tyson Shtykalo. Despite this, it effectively led the Kindergarten to Grade 12 school system response to COVID-19 – but had not yet begun recovery efforts.
From March 27 to April 2, 2022, there were 1,359 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Manitoba, an increase from 979 in the previous week. The volume of lab tests increased to on average 1,081 people tested for COVID-19 per day compared to 982 in the previous week, and the positivity rate of lab tests was 18.6 per cent, an increase from 13.9 per cent in the previous week.
On April 1, several provincial test sites will be changing their hours of operation. All provincial testing locations will be permanently closed on April 15. Information about COVID-19, including vaccination, will continue to be updated in weekly epidemiology reports.
Today’s five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.1 per cent provincially. As of 9:30am on March 24, 2022, the province is reporting 128 new hospitalizations, a 4.9 per cent increase from the previous week and 11 new ICU cases, a 57.1 per cent increase from the previous week. 15 Manitobans have died from COVID-19 since last Friday.
Today’s five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.3 per cent provincially. As of 9:30am on March 17, 2022, 247 new cases of the virus have been identified. It is estimated that actual case numbers are eight to 10 times higher than reported due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant and lack of PCR testing done by the province.
As the province lifts public health restrictions, health-care staff are being returned to their regular duties to support planned increases to surgical activity that will bring capacity back to pre-pandemic levels.
More than two years after the start of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the province will be lifting its remaining public health orders and restrictions effective March 15. The announcement comes despite the continued widespread transmission of omicron, a struggling healthcare system and an unprecedented backlog of surgeries.