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Situation Update

COVID Surveillance Update

Since our last update on FRIDAY:

  • Daily cases continue to come down: 658 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, including 169 today. While new cases seem to be coming down, they are still very high. The total case count in Manitoba now stands at 52,919.
  • Test positivity: the five-day test positivity rate is 11.9%, up from 11.4%. It is 12.7% in Winnipeg, down from 12.9%.
  • Active cases down slightly: There are 3,962 active COVID-19 cases province-wide, down from 4,191.
  • Hospitalizations remain high: There are 308 people in Manitoba hospitals due to COVID-19, up from 293. This includes 66 COVID-related patients in Manitoba ICUs, up from 65. There are also least 36 Manitoba patients in out-of-province ICUs, down from 41, for a total of 102 Manitoban COVID-19 patients in ICUs, down from 106
  • Six new deaths were identified since Friday related to COVID-19, including two deaths reported today. The total number of deaths is now 1,077.

In today’s COVID-19 update, Dr. Brent Roussin noted that while we may be starting to see the beginning of improved case counts, it’s too early draw a conclusion as lower new case counts are sometimes attributed to lower testing volumes. 

Vaccine Update

Eligibility for second doses expanded again today to include all those vaccinated on or before May 1. You can view full eligibility at Man​i​to​baVac​cine​.ca.

Over 946,000 total doses have now been administered in Manitoba. 789,199 first doses have been administered, representing 66.1% of individuals age 12 and older.

Share Your Views on Restrictions

The province is asking Manitobans for feedback on easing restrictions, when appropriate to do so, as well as if fully vaccinated individuals should be allowed to return to some specific activities, like travel or attending large events. 

What do you think? We are compiling views from physicians to submit on behalf of the profession.

Click here to complete a short survey to share your views!
Please submit your response by Tuesday (tomorrow) evening.

Current restrictions are in place until this weekend, but Dr. Brent Roussin has suggested that there will not be any major changes while hospital capacity is stretched.

However, the province is thinking ahead and trying to understand what priorities the public identifies, perhaps as a way of helping to convince more people to consider vaccination. Other provinces that are further past their third wave, like Saskathewan, Alberta and BC, have released detailed reopening plans tied to vaccination rates, hospital capacity and incidence of new COVID-19 cases. 

You can also view the province’s public survey and submit your feedback to them as well. Please note, the province requires a log in to submit your views. 

Change for Accessible Parking Permits

Manitoba Possible (formerly the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities) has launched a simplified accessible parking permit process that can be completed in minutes and reduce the need for Manitobans to mail in applications or make the drive to the service headquarters. The Parking Permit Program for accessible permits is shifting to a digital application and renewal process on June 15, 2021. Accessible by the Parking Permit Program webpage, physicians and individuals will be directed to a fillable online application hosted on DocuSign. The application process will connect applicants, their healthcare practitioner, and Manitoba Possible in a secure, verified digital process. 

Steps for Healthcare providers to Initiate a New Application:

  1. Confirm the Client has an email address. If a client does not have an email address please utilize the printable application form ( PDF) found on Manitoba Possible’s website. 
  2. Visit https://​www​.man​i​to​ba​pos​si​ble​.ca/​p​a​r​k​i​n​g​-​p​e​rmits
  3. Click the Apply Online button (name to be confirmed)
  4. Users will be directed to a verified and secure online form on DocuSign
  5. Client or healthcare professional will fill out client information on page 1 and digitally sign
  6. Healthcare professional will complete page 2 and digitally sign
  7. Clients will be prompted to provide payment information (payment will not go through at this time)
  8. Completed applications will be directed to Manitoba Possible Parking Permit Program for digital approval
  9. Upon approval, payment will be processed 
  10. Parking Permit tags will be mailed to client following approval.

Steps for Clients — Digital Renewals:

  1. Parking Permit Program will deliver email communications to parking permit holders with a link to the online renewal form
  2. Clients will the complete the one page form on Docusign
  3. Clients will be prompted to provide payment information (payment will not go through at this time)
  4. Completed applications will be directed to Manitoba Possible Parking Permit Program for digital approval
  5. Upon approval, payment will be processed

Applications will remain in printable format available on the Parking Permit Program webpage for those who may require physical applications. Service centre locations will be able to print applications for those who do not have access to technology. Those needing assistance or accommodations in completing the application or renewal may contact the Parking Permit Program at: 

1857 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3E7
Phone: (204) 9753257
Toll-Free (Canada/​US): 18008365551
Fax: (204) 9753240pppinfo@​manitobapossible.​ca

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