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“We Must Lock down”: Manitoba Physicians Respond to Updated Public Health Restrictions

A new order “to softball what COVID is currently aiming for,” says a retired doctor. Overwhelming the healthcare system in the coming weeks. 

Dr. Jill Horton the general practitioner at the Center for Health Sciences in Winnipeg said he feels like he is a ghost ship recently. 

“Overall, there’s only one big picture that feels overlooked, and now I’m a little disappointed. I’m sure … there’s a lot of Manitoba.”

On Monday, the state reported eight new deaths and 2,154 cases associated with COVID 19 for three days from Christmas Eve. 

Officials reported 785 pandemic records on Christmas Day, 694 on Boxing Day, and 675 on Monday. 

The increase in the number of cases is due to the untreated portion of more than 11,000 laboratory tests for this disease.

The updated limit, which came into effect at 12:01 am on Tuesday, , means that the rally cannot exceed 50% of the normal room capacity or 250 people, whichever is less. 

Shortly before Christmas, the meeting limits for vaccinated people were relaxed a bit more-they were set at 50%, but there was no capacity limit. 

Dr. Brent Roussin, state Chief Public Health Officer, said the new limits were designed to ensure that customers were properly distanced.

He said at least three-quarters of all cases in the state were associated with a highly contagious variant of Omicron and urged the public to continue to limit contact. 

The current Winnipeg test positive rate is 21.1%, which is related to the test backlog, so Houghton said thousands of COVID 19 cases were missed. 

She said the current number of cases would overwhelm the available resources if the number of patients requiring intensive care in the hospital surged. 

“We know we can’t handle this,” Horton said. “We must blockade,” he said. Eric Jacobsohn, Winnipeg and Professor of Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. 

“So the question is, why don’t we lock in?” Jacobsohn told the News.

Read More: ‘We need to lock down’: Manitoba doctors react to updated public health restrictions | CBC News

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