Reports and Updates

NEW COVID-19 Infections in Manitoba:  Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity

Data from around the world has shown COVID-19 infections are not evenly distributed by population groups. Data has shown that Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) are overrepresented in COVID-19 infections. This report includes data from May 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020, and provides data and context on how COVID-19 has affected BIPOC communities in Manitoba.


Weekly COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza Report

This report provides a current epidemiological update on the intensity and severity of COVID-19 in Manitoba. Surveillance and administrative data include laboratory, public health case and contact tracing investigations, hospitalization and mortality data. Data are presented at the provincial and regional level; and include a focussed review on the disproportional impact of COVID-19 on various populations in the province.

Epidemiology and Surveillance also continues to monitor the activity of seasonal influenza in Manitoba during this pandemic. During the 2020–2021 influenza season, routine reporting of seasonal influenza is included in this weekly report.

In this weekly report, we provide regular updates about the current activity of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza in Manitoba with overall objectives:

  • To understand COVID-19 within the respiratory context;
  • To present a detailed overview about COVID-19 cases and contacts; and
  • To continue monitor and report on seasonal influenza during the pandemic.

Data are reported with a one-week delay for increased data accuracy, completeness and reliability. More analyses continue to be conducted and will be added to this report as available. It is published online at approximately 10:00 am every Monday (Tuesday, in the event of a long weekend).


NEW Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Manitoba: March 12 to May 1, 2020

The purpose of this report is to provide a descriptive epidemiological summary of COVID-19 infections in Manitoba between March 12 and May 1. Manitoba’s experience in this period appears to be unique nationally: compared to many jurisdictions, Manitoba has had fewer cases, a tighter rise and fall in infection counts, and fewer critical outbreaks in places like long-term care facilities. This may be in direct relation to the public health measures imposed. It is important to reflect on the dynamics of these seven weeks, to better prepare Manitoba for the likelihood of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

The report is set up in three sections to provide quick access to specific information relating to three key parts of the COVID-19 “story” in Manitoba: cases, testing, and contacts.


Seasonal Influenza Reports

Surveillance data is used to identify and monitor the arrival of influenza, its geographic spread, intensity of activity, characteristics of those infected, as well as severity and changing trends in order to guide prevention and control recommendations.

Within each season you will find weekly reports that provide a “snapshot” of the current influenza activity. At the end of each season is an “end of season report” which presents an overview of the influenza season in question. The influenza season generally runs from October to May of each year.

epiSummary

The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) conducts routine surveillance of reportable diseases and conditions under the authority of the Public Health Act and Reporting of Diseases and Conditions Regulations. Under the legislation, laboratories and health professionals make reports respecting a reportable disease to the MHSAL Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

Following the provincial protocols, health care professionals, regional public health offices and federal agencies operating in Manitoba are required to return completed investigation forms for cases and contacts (protocol-specific), also to the MHSAL’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit. epiSUMMARY presents monthly summary statistics of cases reported in Manitoba with a 6-month delay for validation purposes.

Chronic Disease Reports

Manitoba provides data and analyses towards the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Through this initiative, Epidemiology and Surveillance uses administrative data to better understand the burden of non-communicable diseases within the province. If a report is not listed for a topic you are interested in, please do not hesitate to contact the team for assistance.

Surveillance of Opioid Misuse and Overdose in Manitoba

These surveillance reports describe opioid misuse and overdose in Manitoba. Aggregate data is collected from a wide range of provincial stakeholders and is used to develop programs and policy around the opioid situation. A baseline report provides data up until the end of 2016. Quarterly reports follow.

Surveillance of Problematic Substance Use and Related Harms in Manitoba

These surveillance reports describe problematic substance use and related harms in Manitoba. Aggregate data is collected from a wide range of provincial stakeholders and is used to develop programs and policy around problematic substance use. Reports will be published each quarter.

Surveillance of Cannabis in Manitoba

With cannabis legalization here, this surveillance report provides a baseline look at cannabis-related data in Manitoba. The information included in this initial November 2018 report is from a variety of sectors and will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.


Annual Reports

All reports which are released on an annual basis

Annual Influenza Report

Surveillance data is used to identify and monitor the arrival of influenza, its geographic spread, intensity of activity, characteristics of those infected, as well as severity and changing trends in order to guide prevention and control recommendations.

This report is produced annually, at the end of each influenza season, and presents an overview of the influenza season in question. The influenza season generally runs from October to May of each year.

Annual Report of Immunization Surveillance

Immunization is one of the most effective and cost-efficient health interventions of modern times. Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) protects children and adults in Manitoba from infection of many diseases by recommending and providing routine immunizations. The provincial immunization registry from 1988 plays a key role in ensuring that residents in Manitoba receive all recommended immunizations. The aim of the Annual Report is to provide an overall picture of immunizations in the province. This information is used to inform priority setting, policy development, program planning and evaluation.

Manitoba Annual Summary of Communicable Diseases

This report utilizes surveillance data to provide an annual summary of laboratory-confirmed, communicable diseases, in Manitoba. It focuses specifically on infectious diseases listed as “reportable” under The Public Health Act with the exception of Influenza, tuberculosis, and the sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.

Statistical Update on HIV/AIDS

This report is intended to provide HIV and AIDS surveillance information in Manitoba for new cases reported to the Public Health Surveillance Unit within Manitoba Health from 1985 up to the date of the report. The HIV data presented here includes an examination by:  age and sex distribution, geographic region, ethnicity, and risk exposure category (primary mode of transmission).

Other Reports

All reports that have been released by the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit that do not follow a repeating schedule.

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