Manitoba, are you lonely?
Eighteen-year-old Winnipeg student Julie Stevenson is.
She — like 1.36 million other Manitobans — now faces the tightest COVID-19 restrictions the province has seen yet while novel coronavirus cases surge.
More than 8,000 people currently have the novel coronavirus in Manitoba, 276 of whom are in hospital.
The five-day test positivity rate is 13.8 per cent.
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Now, under restrictions put into place midnight Friday, people are no longer allowed to socialize with anyone from outside their household, though people who live alone are allowed to bubble with a single person.
Stevenson is isolating from friends and her significant other — though she did so prior to the public health order, as her father is a health care worker and her mother works at a school, she now likens the new lockdown to barely being able to surface for air after months of restrictions.
“You get pushed back down,” Stevenson said in an interview.
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“It’s very difficult, it’s very mentally draining.”
But she understands it’s needed as hospitals are rocked with patients requiring intensive care.
“It’s not something that I’m going to complain about, I’m not going to complain about the fact we can’t see each other when there are people dying, there are ways we can still connect and nothing is worth putting his family or my family at risk,” she said, pointing to internet-age technology that allows her to connect with her beau — and study at Red River College from despite home having never met her instructors.…