A clear plan is needed
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This article was published 15/02/2022 (353 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Canada’s COVID-19 data shows the Omicron infection rate peaked on Jan. 10 and 11. Since then, daily infections have been trending down. However, these rates of infection were still higher than anything we’d experienced in the previous waves. Omicron continues to take its toll on our healthcare system with its exponential infection rate and the attendant spike in hospitalizations, with the Canada-wide peak in hospitalizations occurring two weeks later.
Here in Manitoba, hospitalizations had decreased 19.2 per cent from the previous week as of Feb. 8. Intensive care unit admissions had decreased 19 per cent from the previous week. While this is positive news that we are hopefully starting to make it out of the Omicron wave, hospitalizations are still extremely high, resulting in patients being transferred throughout Manitoba, far away from their loved ones and support systems because there are not enough staffed beds, and surgeries continue to be cancelled.
While Manitoba’s public health authorities know fully-vaccinated Manitobans are extremely well protected from the worst effects of COVID-19, those not fully vaccinated, including those who have received only one dose of a vaccine, are at greater risk.
Immunocompromised Manitobans need to complete their full vaccination schedules. In Manitoba, people who are not fully vaccinated are four times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, nine times more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit, and 10 times more likely to die. That’s why public health authorities are encouraging Manitobans to get their vaccinations and booster shots, because that’s the best way to protect yourself, your family, and our community, from the worst effects of COVID-19.
We are hopeful that soon we should be able to dial back quarantine rules and get closer to normalcy. We need to manage the vaccine rollouts and balance the health measures. These are manageable things we can do to minimize disruption.
For example, quarantine times for Omicron have been cut as more and more information is collected. The bottom line is that we must live with the virus, and so the challenge is to figure out how to do so safely without jeopardizing our healthcare system.
If you have any questions about provincial programs, feel free to contact me at 204-415-1122 or email me at Jim.Maloway@yourmanitoba.ca
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Jim Maloway is the NDP MLA for Elmwood.