Manitoba health officials give briefing on COVID-19 planning – Winnipeg

Manitoba’s chief nurse will be joined by other health officials to provide an update on the province’s COVID-19 planning on Thursday.

Lanette Siragusa will be joined by Shared Health CEO Adam Topp and Karen Herd, Deputy Minister of Manitoba Health and Seniors Care, for an interview at 13.00 with journalists.

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Global News will stream the event live in this story.

Media availability comes as Manitoba for days has been reporting record-breaking daily COVID-19 numbers, and doctors have warned that the province’s health system cannot keep up.

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Manitoba’s COVID-19: December 29th

Manitoba’s COVID-19: December 29th

The province set a one-day COVID-19 case record on Wednesday when 947 new infections were reported. The previous record, 825 new cases, had been reported 24 hours earlier.

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But even before the recent rise in cases, doctors had warned of staffing problems at hospitals, which they say have left Manitoba’s health system on the verge of collapse.

Gillam Hospital and Leaf Rapids Health Center have been closed due to staff shortages.

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The number of admitted Manitobans with COVID-19 rose to 183 on Wednesday, 19 more patients than was reported just 24 hours earlier.

There were also 29 people in the intensive care unit due to the virus, an increase of two from Tuesday.

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Waiting times for booking COVID-19 tests are growing in Manitoba

Waiting times for booking COVID-19 tests are growing in Manitoba

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things to know:

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Symptoms may include fever, cough and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. People at greatest risk for this include older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent hand washing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and keeping a distance of two meters to other people if you are going out. In situations where you can not keep a safe distance from others, public health authorities recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or cover to prevent the spread of the airway droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face clothing are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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