Manitoba extends COVID-19 restrictions

Andrew Cummings
May 26, 2021

The current public health orders that were put in place for the May long weekend to keep Manitobans close to home and reduce transmission rates, will remain in effect for the remainder of the week to help protect the health-care system and to give officials additional time to monitor case and patient numbers.

"If we were in the situation Manitoba was in, we would be reaching out too for that type of support", said Scott Livingstone, the CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, during a COVID-19 news conference Tuesday.

Livingstone said there is now room within Saskatchewan's overall hospital system to take in the Manitoba patients.

"Our hospitals are being stretched to the limits right now", Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

Those declines are being driven by plummeting case numbers in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.

Of the new cases, 187 came from Winnipeg, 28 from the South, 15 each from Prairie Mountain and Interlake and 14 from the North.

Ontario reported 1,039 cases Tuesday, its lowest daily report since early March.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 25 (Reuters) - Canada's COVID-19 pandemic hotspot Manitoba said on Tuesday it was planning to fly more critically ill COVID-19 patients to other provinces, as infections multiply. That ask included 50 critical care nurses, 20 respiratory therapists and 50 contact tracers.

"CAF members are highly trained and stand ready to offer assistance in support of civilian authorities during any crisis in Canada, when requested by the Government", the statement said. That patient will likely be sent to a hospital outside Saskatoon or Regina. Marie, North Bay, Windsor, London, Sudbury and Owen Sound.

All but three provinces have now extended vaccine eligibility to everyone at least 12 years old, and will likely have more vaccine options for that age group soon. It intends to apply to Health Canada and other regulators for approval in early June.

Canada purchased 44 million doses of Moderna and has received 5.7 million doses so far.

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