COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 499 as 45 more people admitted in Manitoba – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

Another surge in hospitalizations has brought the number closer to 500.

An increase of 45 people on Thursday brings the province to 499 COVID patients in hospital, and nine more people have died.

One more person has been admitted to Manitoba ICUs with the virus, bringing the total to 47, public health officials said Thursday.

The province also reported 1,228 new cases, however that number is not accurate due to changes in how the province collects COVID-19 case data. Most Manitobans who request a test will receive a rapid antigen test and the results are not recorded. Those who test positive and meet specific criteria are given a PCR test, which is recorded.

The evidence backlog was removed earlier this week.

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On Wednesday, the province said they were shifting gears from virus prevention to mitigation.

Most people will be infected in the near future, said Dr. Jazz Atwal, deputy chief of public health, adding that those at risk need to be vaccinated and boosted if possible.

Dr. Joss Reimer pointed to statistics from Manitoba showing that the risk of death is 63 times more likely if someone is not vaccinated.

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