October 21, 2021

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Rousseau warned against traveling inside and outside Manitoba

Rousseau warned against traveling inside and outside Manitoba

Dr. Brent Rousin, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, will attend a press conference on November 24, 2020, at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg. Kevin King / Winnipegson / Post Media Network

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Regardless of the new public health orders at the end of the week, there is strong advice against unnecessary travel in the province during the holidays.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Rausin made it clear that traveling between provinces at this time, in addition to traveling in the United States and abroad, was angry and dangerous.

Speaking to Snowbirds, who travel to warmer pastures from the country each year, Rousin said the risk of getting serious results due to the virus is high.

“Sanctions are changing quickly and can be imposed on countries with less warning,” Rausin said. “Your travel plans can be severely damaged. If you choose to travel unnecessarily outside of Canada, you will have to stay outside of Canada longer than you would expect.

“You may have reduced access to quality health care. You may be subject to the actions of other countries. ”

If you have travel plans, contact your airline or tour operator to discuss options for canceling or postponing your trip, Rousin said.

Dozens more health care workers tested positive for COVID-19

This past week another 73 health care workers tested positive for coronavirus and 125 health care workers were found to be positive after going through the backlog of cases, now the number of health care workers who are tested positive is close to 1,000.

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Of the 73 positive tests, 43 were from Winnipeg, 13 from Prairie Mountain Health, six from Southern Health and Northern Health and five from Interlake-Eastern.

Two doctors or physicians in training in these cases, 29 nurses, 39 allied health or support staff, one paramedic and two were not identified.

Since March, 981 cases have been found among health care workers.

Meanwhile, the province continues to see amazing numbers when it comes to sick time.

In the past two weeks, health care workers have logged in 113,000 hours for sick time, meaning 7,100 eight-hour shifts per week are gone.

Shared Health Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa said Monday that these numbers are about 2,000 shifts per week, higher than the five-year average this year.

“It creates an incredible challenge for us when we are trying to manage the epidemic and demands,” she said.

Syracuse said the test sites on Pembina Highway on St. Mary’s Road are dedicated to health care workers and dedicated test assignments for first responders.

At the training academy of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, a site dedicated to first responders and paramedics, they are using a pilot project for the Abbott ID Now Rapid-testing device, which delivers results in minutes.

During the first two weeks of the pilot, 148 first responders and paramedics were tested at the site. Those results are confirmed by the traditional nasal cleansing method.

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