Due to rising #COVID19 hospital admissions, especially among the unvaccinated - and disproportionate admissions from Southern Health - new, targeted restrictions are coming to Manitoba on Oct. 5.
Only one household can visit a gathering when anyone present is unvaxed but eligible to be vaxed.

Only 10 people outdoors when anyone present is unvaxed and eligible.
Only 25 people or 25% capacity at indoor gatherings, whichever is lower, if anyone unvaxed and eligible is present.

Only 25 people or 33% capacity, whichever is greater, can be at faith-based gatherings, if anyone unvaxed and eligible is present.
Outdoor gatherings down to 50 people everywhere.

Weddings and funerals get a grace period of one week.
Retail capacity is down to 50% for the entire Southern Health region.
The province is moving to orange on the pandemic response system, but schools will remain open.
The health-care system is planning to prevent a 4th-wave surge from overwhelming ICUs.

Soon, hospital patients will be screened at admission and may be sent to facilities that don't care for COVID patients.

Some may sent outside their communities, even if they live in Winnipeg.
Roussin says growth in COVID cases in Southern Health alone could overwhelm hospitals within three weeks if no action is taken.
Shared Health says there was fewer than one ICU admission per day in August.

Now there is an average of two per day.

At this rate, health care will suffer again and we could have to send patients away again, Dr. Gray said.
Gray said MB learned its lessions in waves 2 and 3 and is not going to wait again.

“This is our time to reverse the trend.”
In previous waves, cases could predict ICU numbers.

No longer, thanks to the delta variant and people refusing to get tested when they have symptoms, Roussin says.
Half of recent ICU admissions are from Southern Health, which only has 15 per cent of the population. It also has the lowest vax rate.

No infectious COVID patient in ICU is fully vaxed.
Roussin was asked this morning why not apply restrictions by health district instead of to all of Southern Health.

He said there is too much mobility between districts.
Roussin: Don't wait for proof-of-vaccine requirements to end. COVID isn't going anywhere.

He says new rules are intended to allow vaccinated people to continue enjoying freedoms they already enjoy as long as possible.
Health Minister Gordon asked how the new rules can be enforced, especially in Southern Health.

She says she hopes Manitobans will do the right thing. Says justice officials will speak to municipalities. Does not offer specifics on $$ or help for enforcement.
Roussin: Manitoba is doing everything it can to avoid lockdowns.

Gordon urges everyone to get shots to avoid lockdowns.

The bottom line, again: Almost all COVID patients in ICU are unvaxed.
Premier Goertzen this morning, in Steinbach, on the new restrictions:

"None of us want that. But I also have conversations with Jason Kenney in Alberta, and I've had conversations with Scott Moe in Saskatchewan. And I also know we can't get to that place again."

"We need to do everything we can to ensure that those who need services in Manitoba, whether they're ICU hospital services or surgeries, can get those in Manitoba ...
"There are thousands of surgeries that have been delayed as a result of the second and the third wave, and we need to do what we can to blunt the fourth wave."
Roussin on today's move:

"This is a very significant lockdown on the unvaccinated."
Roussin: There is less and less co-operation with contact tracing.
Roussin asked about Winnipeg Jets games. Says contact tracing will be used to see if there is transmission there.
Roussin notes the one-week grace period for weddings and funerals extends to Oct. 12.

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