I feel like I’m in a ghost ship right nowsays Winnipeg Health Sciences Center internist Dr. Jill Horton.
Feeling that the government does not fully understand the current situation, Dr Horton says he feels
discouraged, as I am sure many Manitobans are.
Manitoba reported 2,154 new cases in three days on Monday, including a record 885 new cases on Christmas Day, 694 cases on December 26 and 675 cases on December 27.
There are still more than 11,000 screening tests to analyze, while the province is lagging behind in this regard.
The new restrictions, which come into effect on Tuesday, mean indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to 50% of a location’s capacity or a maximum of 250 people.
The new limits are intended to ensure that customers of one place are appropriately left behind, the province’s chief medical officer, Brent Roussin, explained in a press conference on Monday.
Right now, he added, three-quarters of cases in Manitoba are linked to the Omicron variant.
Dr. Horton recalls for his part that the test positivity rate is currently at 21% in Winnipeg. Taking into account the delays in the analyzes of the tests, he estimates that thousands of cases are not counted, echoing the words of Dr Roussin just before Christmas.
Dr Horton expects a surge of patients in intensive care in the coming weeks.
We know we won’t be able to face it, he said.
We need containment, says Dr. Eric Jacobson, an intensivist who teaches medicine at the University of Manitoba. The question we are asking now is why are there not?
Without clear explanations from Prime Minister Heather Stefanson, he adds, many health professionals are shaken and can only speculate on the reasons behind the government in its choices.
If it’s a calculated risk, many of us believe the province is betting on the wrong horsesays Dr. Jacobson.
Doctors Jacobson and Horton are among ten doctors who recently signed an open letter critical of the premier and the government, calling for several improvements in acute care and other health care in the province.
The following week, Federal Minister Bill Blair announced that the province would obtain eight acute care nurses for a period of four weeks. Manitoba had requested between 15 and 30 for six weeks.
Dr Horton says nurses provided by Ottawa can care for two to three critically ill patients.
Retired doctor who worked throughout the first year of the pandemic, Lisa Bryski believes the government
Underestimates pandemic with latest restrictions, as COVID-19 shoots us down.
With information from James Turner