Premier to share update on COVID-19 measures in Manitoba after another record-setting day

Premier Brian Pallister will hold a news conference this morning about COVID-19 measures in the province, one day after Manitoba’s top doctor hinted more restrictions could be on the way.

The premier and Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin are expected to speak at 10:30 a.m. CT from the legislative building.

CBC News will carry the live stream here, on CBC Gem, and on Facebook and Twitter.

The government hasn’t provided any more details about what the focus of the announcement will be, but it comes one day after Roussin announced 365 new cases, three deaths, a record provincial test positivity rate of 9.5 per cent, and record numbers of COVID-19 patients in hospital (192) and in intensive care (28).

During a news conference on Monday, Roussin said he had talked with Pallister about the possibility of implementing more restrictions.

Tighter restrictions came into effect in the Southern Health region Monday as it entered the red, or critical, level under the provincial pandemic response plan. Winnipeg and the surrounding area went into code red just over a week earlier.

Cases continue to surge in several parts of the province, and people in the education and health-care systems have asked for more support in the form of resources and tighter restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Manitoba announced several more care home outbreaks in Winnipeg facilities on Monday after a weekend when there were several deaths and numerous 911 calls at Maples Long Term Care Home.

The latest information from Revera, the for-profit company that runs the Maples Long Term Care Home, said 22 residents at that facility have died of COVID-19, with dozens more staff and residents testing positive.

Maples’ death toll is the second highest in Manitoba, with Parkview Place, which is also owned by Revera, having lost 23 residents to COVID-19.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said it will send the chief executive nurse of Dear Lodge Centre, Kathleen Klaasen, to the Maples care home starting Tuesday. She will be on site daily, said the president of the regional health authority.

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Opposition Leader Wab Kinew have both urged the province to consider calling in the military to help the people in those two care homes, following reports of staffing shortages and other concerns. The Canadian Red Cross is sending staff to the care homes on Friday.

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