Manitoba update on COVID-19 – December 14, 2020
In Winnipeg, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, provides an update on the province’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He is joined by Lanette Siragusa, the provincial lead of health system integration and quality as well as chief nursing officer for Shared Health. They report issues with the province’s COVID-19 vaccine telephone booking process, as many ineligible people lied about their status in order to get vaccinated first even though they were not a health-care worker. Manitoba is scheduled to begin vaccinations on December 16, with first doses going to health-care providers. The province also announces that 2,750 elective and non-urgent surgeries were postponed in November because of the high number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.