‘Grow up’: Premier calls out Manitobans doing ‘dumb things’ as record COVID-19 hospitalizations strain system

By | October 26, 2020

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister delivered a blunt message to people who ignore public health orders after officials warned they are seeing too many COVID-19 cases with large numbers of close contacts, putting strain on the province’s health system. “Thoughtful Manitobans are making sacrifices, tough sacrifices … while other people are doing dumb things, and those dumb things are endangering all… Read More »

Manitoba doctors call for expansion of virtual care

By | October 26, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba doctors are calling on the expansion of virtual care to be able to see all patients, especially those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. “Watching the news now, we see that most of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are occurring in the elderly or those with complex medical conditions,” said Dr. Cory Baillie, president of… Read More »

COVID-19 surge pushing Manitoba’s health-care capacity to brink, microbiologist says

By | October 26, 2020

Manitoba’s health-care system is at the tipping point of a breakdown if the surge in COVID-19 cases isn’t immediately curtailed, a Winnipeg doctor says. “There’s basically a perfect storm of situations that is making things extremely difficult,” said Philippe Lagacé-Wiens, a medical microbiologist and physician at St. Boniface Hospital. There’s an increase in COVID-19 cases with no known transmission lines,… Read More »

COVID-19 immunity may be related to the severity of one’s symptoms, study finds

By | October 26, 2020

TORONTO — Patients with severe COVID-19 infections may be protected for longer after contracting the disease than those with mild symptoms, according to a new study. The study out of King’s College London in the U.K. found that the immune response to COVID-19 wanes in the first three months following infection and the duration of immunity correlates to… Read More »

Manitoba to give COVID-19 update as it moves to three briefings a week

By | October 26, 2020

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is set to give an update on COVID-19 in the province on Monday afternoon. Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Lanette Siragusa, the provincial lead for health system integration, quality and Shared Health’s chief nursing officer, will be speaking at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislative… Read More »

Liberals win two Toronto byelections despite stiff challenges from Greens, Tories

By | October 26, 2020

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals saw their share of the vote drop in two Toronto byelections Monday, a humbling result for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the first electoral test of his government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Liberals ultimately hung on to Toronto Centre, where broadcaster Marci Ien fended off a strong showing by newly minted… Read More »

Niagara-area dog has tested positive for COVID-19

By | October 26, 2020

TORONTO — A dog in Ontario’s Niagara Region has tested positive for COVID-19, although researchers say most pet owners shouldn’t be worried. Positive tests for novel coronavirus in dogs are rare because they are typically asymptomatic and they get over the ailment relatively quickly. Scott Weese, the chief of infection control at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary… Read More »