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Manitoba health officials give COVID-19 update, details on vaccination hot spots expected Friday

Manitoba health officials give COVID-19 update, details on vaccination hot spots expected Friday

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Health official will give an update on Manitoba’s efforts against COVID-19 Friday.

Deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Jazz Atwal will be joined by Dr. Joss Reimer, lead of the province’s vaccine implementation task force at a 12:30 p.m. press conference. Global News will stream the event live in this story.

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Earlier this week Reimer said the province plans to start targeted vaccination efforts in high-risk geographic areas — COVID-19 hot spots — across Manitoba.

She said details on what areas will be included in the initial effort would come Friday.

Click to play video: Vaccination plan targets high-risk communities

Under the plans, Reimer said anyone aged 18 and over living in the areas will also be eligible for a shot. The hot zones will be determined by more than just recent COVID-19 case counts, she added.

“We’re also going to be including … population density, proportion of racialized populations, the average income of that geography, and an assessment of housing in that geography,” Reimer said Wednesday.

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People who don’t live in the high-risk zones, but who work in the area in certain jobs that involve contact with the public, will also be eligible.

The list includes restaurant workers, grocery and convenience store clerks, gas station employees and people who work in schools and child-care centres.

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The province also expanded its vaccine program this week to prioritize first responders, teachers and other front-line workers.

Manitoba reported its highest daily count since January –261 new cases — and one death linked to the virus Thursday.

Read more: Manitoba reports 261 new COVID-19 cases, premier rejects call for near lockdown

According to provincial data there were 1,682 active COVID-19 cases across Manitoba as of Thursday.

The vast majority of those cases — 894 — were in the Winnipeg area, followed by the Northern Health region, which had 450 active infections, according to the data.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, visit our coronavirus page.

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