COVID-19 Update – November 17

Situation Update

Today, 270 new cases of COVID-19 were identified, bringing the total case count in Manitoba to date to 11,608.

The five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba is 13.6%, up from 13% yesterday. In Winnipeg, the test positive rate is 13.3%, up from 12.8%.

There are currently 7,105 active cases, up from 7,011 yesterday. This includes another record of 240 people in hospital, up from 234, with 41 in ICU. 

Seven more COVID-related deaths were announced today, including a woman in her 30s. So far, 179 Manitobans have died from COVID-19. 

You can learn more in today‚Äôs public health bulletin.

Dr. Roussin addressed social media rumours that specimens are being declared positive without being tested. The posts are allegedly from nurses working in the lab, but this is clear sign of “fake news” as there are no nurses working in the lab.

Earlier today, the government announced steps to deploy more enforcement personnel to ensure compliance with public health orders. The government has signed a contract with G4S Canada, a private security firm, to deploy up to 90 personnel. Over the past week, 32 tickets were issued for offenses such as large group sizes, failure to quarantine, and a northern travel violation.

A tip line has also been established to report potential public health infractions. Concerned individuals can complete the reporting form at www.manitoba.ca/COVID19, or by calling 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (toll-free) and pressing option three on the call menu.

Doctors Manitoba continues our STOP campaign, urging Manitobans to stop the spread by staying home. Our online ads have 2.9 million views in 10 days. Yesterday, our President Dr. Cory Baillie was featured in the lead story on the CTV 6:00 news bringing physicians’ concerns to the public.

Town Hall with Dr. Roussin

Doctors Manitoba has arranged an exclusive town hall for physicians with Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. This is an opportunity to hear the latest directly from Dr. Roussin, unfiltered and unedited, with a level of detail intended for physicians.

As cases surge and restrictions tighten, physicians are increasingly concerned about the spread of COVID-19. New evidence is emerging about this novel virus every day, with vaccine developments grabbing global headlines, along with local pleas from physicians to Manitobans to stay home and stop the spread.

Dr. Roussin will share an update on the current COVID-19 situation and respond to your questions.

Details:

When: Monday November 23 at 5:30 PM
Register: Click here to register for the zoom webinar

You can submit your questions in advance for Dr. Roussin during your registration, or email them to us at covid19@doctorsmanitoba.ca. Live questions will also be accepted during the town hall.

We last held a physician town hall with Dr. Roussin in September. Over 300 physicians registered and 98% found the session helpful.

Health Care Worker Testing

COVID testing appointments are now being held at existing sites in Winnipeg for symptomatic health care workers, including physicians. Appointments can be booked at 2735 Pembina Highway or 604 St. Mary’s Road by calling 1-855-268-4318 and identifying yourself as a health care worker. These sites are not exclusively for health care workers, but will hold appointments for this group.

Physicians can obtain a test at any testing location, which are listed online. This includes two medical clinics offering testing with appointments:

We have confirmed that health care worker tests are being expedited to speed up turnaround times in the lab, so be sure to identify yourself as a physician if you must go for testing.

Rapid same-day testing is available, still as a pilot, but only for those working at HSC and St. Boniface.

Doctors Manitoba continues to advocate for dedicated testing sites for health care workers, and for rapid same-day testing. Faster results help physicians and other health care workers to return to their clinical duties sooner.

Wellness Webinars

Shared Health and their Psychological Health and Safety Committee are offering a series of 20-minute “Staff Booster Sessions.” Topics include stress management, self-care, dealing with uncertainty, and more.

Sign up now for the first topic: Staying Grounded During COVID-19 – Staff Health & Wellness (Nov 19, 25, or 28). The session is facilitated by Karen Kyliuk, BSW, RSW.

See the recent announcement to learn more about the sessions and how to register

PPE Recall

Doctors Manitoba is sharing a recall notice for Technologist Choice Procedure Masks.

Shared Health advised in a recent memo to pull all Technology Choice brand masks from existing stock, out of an abundance of caution. The recall responds to concerns about skin irritation. 

If you are having trouble accessing PPE, we are here to help. We maintain a limited stock of some PPE and have a list of suppliers who may have what you need. Please contact Doctors Manitoba at PPEConcerns@doctorsmanitoba.ca for assistance.