Manitoba’s chief public health official says the province could be near the peak of the current COVID-19 wave.

Dr Brent Roussin says it’s too early to be definitive, but indicators point to a possible high in the next week or so.

The number of people in Manitoba hospitals with the virus has dropped slightly and the number of patients in intensive care has stabilized.

Roussin says wastewater samples collected in Winnipeg were off a peak in early January, but the decline was not large and numbers continue to fluctuate.

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Meanwhile, the province is eliminating the requirement to notify close contacts of positive cases at child care centers, similar to changes recently made to schools.

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Children and staff exposed to a case will be allowed to continue attending if they are asymptomatic.

The change is a response to the rise of the Omicron variant, Roussin said on Wednesday.

“It’s so much more contagious, has such a shorter incubation period, that (single) case and contact management just isn’t effective.”


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