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Link to Government of Manitoba website    www.manitoba.ca/covid19


April  9, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #46


    Public health officials advise three additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 224.

The data also shows:
• 11 individuals are currently hospitalized, which includes five individuals in intensive care;
• 76 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is three.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 551 tests Wednesday. A total of 15,259 tests have been performed since early February.

Manitoba has chosen to close public facilities in provincial parks, effective immediately. While the parks will remain open, public facilities including washrooms, playgrounds, and the use of picnic areas and group shelters will be closed to ensure social distancing practices are enforced.

Public health officials are expanding testing criteria to include first responders with respiratory symptoms. This would include positions such as paramedics, police and firefighters. Current testing parameters include people with symptoms who have travelled outside Manitoba in the last 14 days, close contacts of a confirmed case, health-care workers, all patients admitted to hospital with respiratory symptoms, lab workers who have worked with COVID-19 tests, and individuals who live/work in the north, a remote or isolated community, or congregate setting.

Manitobans should not interpret current case numbers to mean the risk is reduced. The current statistics may be a reflection of the effect strict social distancing measures have had and reaffirms that these measures must be continued. Manitobans are reminded this is not the time to let their guard down. Actions taken today will affect case numbers in the weeks ahead. All Manitobans must remain vigilant to flatten the curve of this virus. This weekend is normally busy with gatherings for Easter or Passover celebrations. However, families are reminded that gatherings with anyone from outside your household are strongly discouraged.

Health officials continue to remind Manitobans to seek medical attention when it is required. For serious health issues call 911, go to an emergency department or an urgent care centre. Hospitals are safe places and health-care providers will ensure every precaution is taken while providing care.

Several community testing sites have altered hours of operation for the upcoming long weekend. Testing sites in Brandon, Dauphin, Pine Falls and Eriksdale will be closed on Good Friday.

Sites in Thompson, Flin Flon and The Pas will be open daily through the weekend, with reduced hours of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Testing sites in Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach and Winkler will keep regular hours this weekend.

In Winnipeg, the Mount Carmel Clinic (886 Main St.) will be closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, while the three other Winnipeg locations will operate as regularly scheduled throughout the long weekend, as will the assessment clinic at St. James Centennial Pool.

For up-to-date information on community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html..

Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Visiting cottages, whether in Manitoba or a neighbouring province. is not recommended at this time. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.


April  8, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #45


    Public health officials advise four additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 221.  

The data also shows:
• 12 individuals are currently hospitalized, which includes six individuals in intensive care;
• 69 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is three.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 477 tests Tuesday. A total of 14,708 tests have been performed since early February.

Manitobans should not interpret current case numbers to mean the risk is reduced. The current statistics may be a reflection of the effect strict social distancing measures have had and reaffirms that these measures must be continued. Manitobans are reminded this is not the time to let their guard down. Actions taken today will affect case numbers in the weeks ahead. All Manitobans must remain vigilant to flatten the curve of this virus. This weekend is normally busy with gatherings for Easter or Passover celebrations. However, families are reminded that gatherings with anyone from outside your household are strongly discouraged.

Manitobans are reminded to continue seeking care for regular and chronic medical conditions. Primary care and community health offices continue to be available for those patients in need of care, with virtual (phone and video) options available as well as in person appointments and walk-in services.

The first Community COVID-19 Testing Site and Assessment Clinic in Winnipeg opened today at the St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool and Fitness Centre, 644 Parkdale St. With the opening of this site, Access Winnipeg West will once again focus on primary care and community health services and no longer be a designated community testing site for COVID 19.

Assessment clinics for COVID-19 positive patients offer primary care services on an appointment basis for anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.

In addition to the primary care space, these locations will also serve as designated testing sites in a separate area at the site to support additional capacity for testing.

Testing sites and assessment clinics will NOT be walk-in services. People seeking testing should still call Health Links-Info Santé first or be referred by their primary care provider.

For up-to-date information on community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.


April  7, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #44



    Public health officials advise 13 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 217.  In addition, a third death has been reported.  Patient specific details are not being released at this time.

The data also shows:
• 12 individuals are currently hospitalized, which includes six individuals in intensive care;
• 21 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is three.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 781 tests Monday. A total of 14,280 tests have been performed since early February.

Manitobans are reminded to stay home if they can and this includes family gatherings. While many families get together for Easter or Passover celebrations, people should not let their guard down by gathering this year. Working together to maintain social distancing and staying at home unless you have to go out are the only ways to slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Manitobans are reminded to continue seeking care for regular and chronic medical conditions. Primary care and community health offices continue to be available for those patients in need of care, with virtual (phone and video) options available as well as in-person appointments and walk-in services.

Assessment clinics for COVID-19 positive patients are also being established. These sites will offer primary care services on an appointment basis for anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.

In addition to the primary care space, these locations will also serve as designated testing sites in a separate area at the site to support additional capacity for testing.

The first Community COVID-19 Testing Site and Assessment Clinic in Winnipeg will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at the St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool and Fitness Centre at 644 Parkdale St. When this site opens tomorrow, Access Winnipeg West will once again focus on primary care and community health services, and will no longer be a designated community testing site for COVID 19.

Testing sites and assessment clinics will NOT be walk-in services. People seeking testing should still call Health Links–Info Santé first or be referred by their primary care provider.

Note the Mount Carmel testing site will be CLOSED for the statutory holidays on Good Friday and Easter Sunday this coming weekend. Visit one of the drive-in sites or the St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool for testing over the weekend.

For up-to-date information on community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


April  6, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #43



    Public health officials advise one additional case of COVID-19 has been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 204.

The data also shows:
• 11 individuals are currently hospitalized including seven in intensive care,
• 17 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is two.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 458 tests Sunday. As of April 6, a total of 13,476 tests have been performed.

Manitobans are reminded to stay home if they can and this includes family gatherings. While many families get together for Easter or Passover celebrations, people should not let their guard down by gathering this year. Working together to maintain social distancing and staying at home unless you have to go out are the only ways to slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


April  5, 2020                

COVID-19 BULLETIN #42

 

         

   Public health officials advise nine additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 203.

The data also shows:
• 11 individuals are currently hospitalized including seven in intensive care,
• 17 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is two.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 488 tests Saturday. As of April 5, a total of 12,998 tests have been performed.

Isolation centres will be established to meet the need of Manitobans who may require some additional support as they self-isolate. This support will be offered as part of the public health investigation process to individuals who are COVID-19 positive or who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case and require a dedicated space where they can self-isolate. The first centre has been set up in a Winnipeg hotel and began accepting individuals this weekend.

These centres will adhere to the public health guidelines and guests will be required to self-isolate in their rooms at all times. Isolation centres will use enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices. All social and physical distancing practices will be adhered to and centres will practice zero contact services wherever possible.

Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


April  4, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #41



    Public health officials advise 12 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 194.

The data also shows:
• 10 individuals are currently hospitalized including six in intensive care,
• 17 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is two.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 567 tests Friday. As of April 4, a total of 12,514 tests have been performed.

Testing has been completed on the residents of Betel Home in Gimli and it confirms no residents tested positive for COVID-19.

Isolation centres are being established for those who may require some additional support as they self-isolate. The first centre has been set up in a Winnipeg hotel and will begin accepting individuals this weekend. This would be offered to individuals who may have been exposed or who are COVID positive and require a dedicated space where they can self-isolate.

These centres will adhere to the public health guidelines and guests will be required to self-isolate in their rooms at all times. Isolation centres will use enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices. All social and physical distancing practices will be adhered to and centres will practice zero-contact services wherever possible.

Children and youth may be spending more time online, to socialize, play games, for entertainment or to supplement at-home learning. To help parents and their children better understand and identify possible online risks, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has a number of free online resources including activity sheets, comics and storybooks. To learn more, or to report a concern, visit www.cybertip.ca.

The Manitoba government has decided to postpone the remaining dates for making campground reservations. Sessions scheduled for April 6 and April 8 will be rescheduled later. Existing campground, group-use and yurt reservations are still valid, but may be cancelled if the situation changes. More information is available at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/.

Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

    


April  3, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #40



    Public health officials advise 15 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 182.  In addition, a second death has been reported.  Patient specific details are not being released at this time.

The data also shows:
• nine individuals are currently hospitalized including six in intensive care,
• 11 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is two.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 634 tests Thursday. As of April 3, a total of 11,952 tests have been performed.

Eight companies have responded to the province’s call for donations of medical supplies, which will help ensure the province is prepared to meet the needs of patients and ensure appropriate protection from COVID-19 is available to health-care workers. One day after putting out a call for supplies, the health system received donations of 2,570 N95 masks, 3,110 surgical and procedure masks, 9,300 gloves and 202 bottles of hand sanitizer. Donations of the following supplies are welcome:
• N95 respirators of various models and sizes, both hospital and industrial grade;
• surgical/procedure masks;
• gloves;
• disposable gowns and
• disinfectants and cleaners.

Supplies must be in original packaging, clean and in useable condition. Expired supplies are not able to be accepted.

For more information on donating supplies, visit https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/supply-donations/ or call (toll-free) 1-833-408-0101.

The Manitoba government has decided to postpone the remaining dates for making campground reservations. Sessions scheduled for April 6 and April 8 will be rescheduled later. Existing campground, group-use and yurt reservations are still valid, but may be cancelled if the situation changes. More information is available at www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks.

Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

In order to meet the continuing need for Winnipeggers to be screened for COVID-19, a second community testing drive-thru site opened today at the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Main Street service centre, 1284 Main St. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Other Winnipeg locations include:
• Mount Carmel Clinic, 886 Main St.;
• Access Winnipeg West, 280 Booth Dr.; and
• MPI’s Bison Drive Service Centre, 15 Barnes St.

The redeployment of testing resources to the Main Street location will allow testing sites at Access Transcona and Access Fort Garry to return to their mandate of providing primary and episodic care to patients. The public is reminded that a referral to these testing sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation throughout Manitoba is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


April  2, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #39



    Public health officials advise 40 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 167 at this time.

The data also shows:
• five individuals are currently hospitalized including four in intensive care,
• 11 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 1,300 tests Wednesday. As of April 2, a total of 11,327 tests have been performed.

Three additional staff across two Manitoba health-care facilities have tested positive for COVID-19. The confirmed cases, at Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Winnipeg and Betel Home Gimli are being investigated by public health, occupational health and infection prevention and control officials. All affected health-care workers are being provided with appropriate direction related to self-isolation or self-monitoring, depending on their exposure.

As a result of the positive COVID-19 case at Betel Home in Gimli, public health officials are also investigating a respiratory illness outbreak among residents there. Nine residents showing symptoms of respiratory illness are being tested for the cause of their illnesses. This will include testing for COVID-19. The home has implemented additional infection prevention and control measures to isolate affected patients.

A change in protocol will soon require health-care workers working in patient care roles at facilities, including at hospitals, long-term care facilities, health centres, nursing stations, Access Centres and COVID-19 testing locations, to expand their use of procedure masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). These changes will be implemented over the coming days at sites across the province. Manitoba’s provincial COVID-19 central supply chain management is working with regions and facilities to identify and ship appropriate PPE.

New screening procedures are being implemented for staff working in acute and long-term care facilities. Implementation of these measures has begun and will involve asking staff about travel history, exposure to COVID-19 positive cases, any symptoms they may have and having their temperature taken at the start of their shift. Staff who are required to come and go during the course of their shift may be re-screened upon re-entry into facilities and service areas.

Public health is also advising that people remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

As Manitoba’s health system continues with preparations to ensure it is prepared to meet the needs of patients and to ensure appropriate protection from COVID-19 is available to health-care workers, donations of the following supplies are now welcome:
• N95 respirators of various models and sizes, both hospital and industrial grade;
• surgical/procedure masks;
• gloves;
• disposable gowns; and
• disinfectants and cleaners.

Supplies must be in original packaging, clean and in useable condition. Expired supplies will not be accepted.

For more information on donating supplies, visit https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/supply-donations/ or call (toll-free) 1-833-408-0101.

In order to meet continued demands of Winnipeggers for COVID-19 screening, a second community testing drive-thru site will open tomorrow at the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Main Street service centre, 1284 Main St. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Other Winnipeg locations include:
• Mount Carmel Clinic, 886 Main St.,
• Access Winnipeg West, 280 Booth Dr., and
• MPI’s Bison Drive Service Centre, 15 Barnes St.

The new Main Street location will allow testing sites at Access Transcona and Access Fort Garry to stop operating as testing sites tomorrow and return to their mandate of providing primary and episodic care to patients. The public is reminded that a referral to these testing sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation throughout Manitoba is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


April  1, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #38



    Public health officials advise 24 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 127 at this time.

The data also shows:
• four individuals are currently hospitalized including three in intensive care;
• four individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 1,130 tests Tuesday. As of April 1, a total of 10,044 tests have been performed.

New screening procedures are being implemented for staff working in acute and long-term care facilities. Implementation of these measures will begin today and will involve all staff arriving for the start of their shift to have their temperature taken and be required to answer questions about any symptoms they have, their travel history and their exposure to positive COVID-19 cases. Staff who are required to come and go during the course of their shift may be re-screened upon re-entry into facilities and service areas.

Under The Public Health Act, new public health orders announced earlier this week take effect today. In addition, the chief provincial public health officer has clarified a public health order to ensure a better understanding for businesses classified as not providing critical services and how they are able to operate during the state of emergency.

All non-exempt businesses may:
• continue to operate where customers can order goods online or by telephone; however, customers cannot attend the businesses’ premises or property to order goods;
• continue to sell goods to customers where those goods can be picked up ‘curbside’ or delivered to customers; however, customers cannot pick up goods at businesses’ premises or on its property;
• allow staff to attend the businesses’ premises, without a limitation on the number of staff, as long as staff take measures to keep social distancing of one to two metres apart from each other; and
• accept delivery of goods and may allow services, such as construction, repairs, maintenance and cleaning to occur at their premises and on their property.

Additional details are available at https://engagemb.ca/.

Manitoba Justice continues to take steps to reduce the spread of infection and enhance access to justice throughout the province. As of April 2, new admissions to all adult and youth correctional centres in Manitoba will be handled through the Winnipeg Remand Centre (WRC). All individuals coming into custody will be isolated for up to 14 days to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 into facilities. Sheriff services will be assisting rural police agencies with transports whenever possible. All in-person visits for people in Manitoba’s adult and youth correctional centres have been suspended including inmate programs, staff training and other group activities.

The province is expanding the number of free phone calls for individuals in custody to help them maintain contact with their support systems. Lawyers are encouraged to meet with clients remotely, whenever possible, but in-person visits with clients can continue at all facilities, with the exception of the WRC. Cleaning procedures in all Manitoba’s correctional centres have increased significantly including the use of fogging equipment to disinfect large and high-traffic areas. Protocols for the use of personal protective equipment are in place to ensure the safety of staff and inmates.

As of April 2, greater access to bail hearings on evenings and weekends will increase the efficiency of the system, ensure timely bail and other hearings and limit unnecessary admissions to the WRC. Crown attorneys will work on evenings, overnight and on weekends for consultations and hearings and to work with defence counsel on sentencing recommendations. The province is also working with police agencies to expand remote bail hearings in the north. The number of court hearings that can be held by phone will also be increased to avoid unnecessary transportation of people out of their communities.

Public health is also advising that people remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

As Manitoba’s health system continues with preparations to ensure it is prepared to meet the needs of patients and to ensure appropriate protection from COVID-19 is available to health-care workers, donations of the following supplies are now welcome:
• N95 respirators of various models and sizes, both hospital and industrial grade;
• surgical/procedure masks;
• gloves;
• disposable gowns; and
• disinfectants and cleaners.

Supplies must be in original packaging, clean and in useable condition. Expired supplies are not able to be accepted.

For more information on donating supplies, visit https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/supply-donations/ or call (toll-free) 1-833-408-0101.

There are 16 community testing sites in Manitoba, including seven drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the coming days. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.



March 31, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #37





    Public health officials advise seven additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 103 at this time.

The data also shows:
• three individuals are currently hospitalized including two in intensive care,
• four individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Public health officials have also confirmed that a staff member at Selkirk Regional Health Centre has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual worked in the health centre’s emergency department and medicine ward from March 19 to 23. Public health, occupational health and infection prevention and control staff are working together to investigate this case and followup with all identified close staff and patient contacts.

Public health will directly contact people who had prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (within two metres) contact with the individual when symptomatic. These individuals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of last exposure and monitor for symptoms.

Dates and times of possible exposure include:
• March 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
• March 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
• March 21 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
• March 22 from 11:45 p.m. to March 23 7:45 a.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 378 tests Monday. As of March 31, a total of 8,914 tests have been performed.

Public health is also advising that people remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

Under The Public Health Act, new public health orders take effect April 1. Additional details are available at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html. Public health officials continue to strongly advise all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any recreational, tourist or non-essential international or domestic travel. In addition, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel must self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This does not include:
• workers involved with the commercial transportation of goods and services,
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work,
• health-care workers who travel to work from outside the province,
• normal personal travel in border communities.

As Manitoba’s health system continues with preparations to ensure the province is prepared to meet the needs of patients and to ensure appropriate protection from COVID-19 is available to health-care workers, donations of the following supplies are now welcome:
• N95 respirators of various models and sizes, both hospital and industrial grade;
• surgical/procedure masks;
• gloves;
• disposable gowns and
• disinfectants and cleaners.

Supplies must be in original packaging, clean and in useable condition. Expired supplies are not able to be accepted.

For more information on donating supplies, visit https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/supply-donations/ or call (toll-free) 1-833-408-0101.

There are 16 community testing sites in Manitoba, including seven drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the coming days. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


COVID-19 BULLETIN #36


    Public health officials advise 24 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 96 at this time.

The data also shows:
• four individuals are currently hospitalized,
• one individual is currently in intensive care,
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is one, and
• two individuals have recovered from COVID-19.

Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of these cases. Case data, including possible events and locations where people may have come into contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, will be updated on at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 when available.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 1,430 tests over the weekend. As of March 30, a total of 8,550 tests have been performed.

Under The Public Health Act, new public health orders are in effect immediately. Additional details are available at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html. Public health officials continue to strongly advise all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any recreational, tourist or non-essential international or domestic travel. In addition, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel must self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This does not include:
• workers involved with the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
• health care workers who travel to work from outside the province;
• normal personal travel in border communities.

A community drive-thru testing site opened today in Dauphin at the Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, 217 Industrial Rd. Hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another site opened in Pine Falls at École Powerview School, 33 Vincent St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. There are 16 community testing sites in Manitoba, including seven drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the coming days. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.



March 29, 2020                

COVID-19 BULLETIN #35

 

       

Backgrounder
Background Information

               

   Public health officials advise eight additional probable cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 72 at this time.  The total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of these cases. Case data, including possible events and locations where people may have come into contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, will be updated at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 when available.

The public is reminded that under The Public Health Act, the following measures will be in place, effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30:
• Public gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters.
• Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business.
• Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of one to two metres.

Other restrictions first introduced in a public health order issued on March 20 remain in effect.

Public health officials continue to strongly advise all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any recreational, tourist or non-essential international or domestic travel. In addition, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel must self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This does not include:
• workers involved with the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
• health care workers who travel to work from outside the province;
• normal personal travel in border communities.

A community testing site will open Monday in Pine Falls at École Powerview School at 33 Vincent St. Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. There are 15 community testing sites in Manitoba, including six drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the next week. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at:
www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

   
Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


March 28, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #34



    Public health officials advise 25 additional probable cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 64 at this time.  Total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of this/these case/cases.

The public is reminded that under The Public Health Act, the following measures will be in place, effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30:
• Public gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters.
• Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business.
• Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of one to two metres.

Other restrictions first introduced in a public health order issued on March 20 remain in effect.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel. This includes international travel and travel within Canada. There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel. In addition, public health officials recommended that effective March 23, anyone returning from international or domestic travel should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This recommendation does not include:
• the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
• health care workers who travel to work from outside the province;
• normal personal travel in border communities, including visits to a cottage.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

A community testing site will open Monday, March 30 in Pine Falls at École Powerview School, 33 Vincent St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. This brings the total to 15 community testing sites including six drive-thru locations. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Moving forward, the province will continue to share updates on the total number of cases but additional patient information such as gender, age and the regional health authority where they reside will be provided online once it is confirmed through public health investigation. The province is also working to provide an additional breakdown of information online, including the number of hospitalizations, home recovery, and cases that are resolved. This reporting is in line with reporting in other jurisdictions and ensures consistent, accurate data is available to the public.

Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel is updated at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html as information becomes available.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


March 27, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #33


Backgrounder
Background Information 

    Public health officials advise three additional probable cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 39 at this time.  Manitoba has also recorded its first patient death.  Patient specific details are not being released at this time.

Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of this/these case/cases.

As authorized under The Public Health Act, the following measures will be in place, effective
12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30. Public gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters. Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business. Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of one to two metres.

Other restrictions first introduced in a public health order issued on March 20 remain in effect.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 606 tests on Thursday. As of March 26, a total of 6,203 tests have been performed.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel. This includes international travel and travel within Canada. There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel. In addition, public health officials recommended that effective March 23, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This recommendation does not include:
• the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
• health care workers who travel to work from outside the province;
• normal personal travel in border communities, including visits to a cottage.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

Additional drive-thru community testing sites opened today in Eriksdale at the Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and in Portage la Prairie at the Stride Centre, 245 Royal Rd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. A community testing site will open Monday, March 30 in Pine Falls at École Powerview School, 33 Vincent St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The community testing site in The Pas has relocated to the Royal Canadian Legion at 4 Veterans Way and will continue to be open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will brings the total to 15 community testing sites including six drive-thru locations. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Moving forward, the province will continue to share updates on the total number of cases but additional patient information such as gender, age, and the regional health authority where they reside will be provided online once it is confirmed through public health investigation. The province is also working to provide an additional breakdown of information online including the number of hospitalizations, home recovery and cases that are resolved. This reporting is in line with reporting in other jurisdictions and ensures consistent, accurate data is available to the public.

Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel is updated at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html as information becomes available.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.
     


March 26, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #32



    Public health officials advise one additional probable case of COVID-19 has been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 36 at this time.

Case information includes case 37 is a man in his 20s who lives in Winnipeg.

Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of this case. Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel is updated as information becomes available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html.

Public health officials advise that case numbers and the total number of cases are different because one case was retested and was found to be negative.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 734 tests on Wednesday, March 25, up from the day before when 352 tests were completed. As of March 25, a total of 5,606 tests have been performed.

Public health officials are expanding testing criteria to include the following groups of people at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and are showing respiratory symptoms:
• Health-care workers; and
• individuals who live/work in a remote or isolated community or a group setting, such as a correctional facility, shelter, long- term care or residential facility, or a remote work camp.

Symptomatic travellers outside of Manitoba, close contacts of a confirmed case, and lab workers who have worked with COVID-19 tests will continue to be tested.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel. This includes international travel and travel within Canada. There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel. In addition, public health officials recommended that effective March 23, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This recommendation does not include:
• the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
• health-care workers who travel to work from outside the province; and
• normal personal travel in border communities including visits to a cottage.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

Additional community test sites will officially open Friday, March 27 in Eriksdale at the Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and in Pine Falls at the École Powerview School, 33 Vincent St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The community testing site in The Pas has been relocated to the Wescana Inn at 439 Fischer Ave. and will continue to be open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are now 12 community testing sites including four drive-thru locations. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.



March 25, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #31





    Public health officials advise 14 additional probable cases of COVID-19 have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 35 at this time.

Case information includes:
• case 23 is a woman in her 30s who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 24 is a girl under the age of 10 who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 25 is a woman in her 40s who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 26 is a man in his 30s who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 27 is a woman in her 60s who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 28 is a woman in her 60s who lives in Winnipeg and receiving treatment in intensive care in hospital,
• case 29 is a man in his 40s who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 30 is a woman in her 30s who lives in a community in the area of the Southern Health Santé Sud health region,
• case 31 is a woman in her 40s who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 32 is a man in his 60s who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 33 is a woman in her 60s who lives in Winnipeg,
• case 34 is a woman in her 50s who lives in community in the area of the Southern Health Santé Sud health region,
• case 35 is a woman in her 20s who lives in Winnipeg, and
• case 36 is an individual who was tested in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of these cases. Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel is updated as information becomes available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html.

Public health officials advise that case numbers and the total number of cases are different because one case was retested and was found to be negative.

Also note that a probable case previously reported on March 23 of a man in his 50s who lives in Winnipeg with a history of travel should be referenced as case 21. In addition, a probable case previously reported on March 24 of a man in his 40s who lives in Winnipeg with a travel history under investigation should be referenced as case 22.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel. This includes international travel and travel within Canada. There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel. In addition, public health officials recommended that effective March 23, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This recommendation does not include:
• the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
• health care workers who travel to work from outside the province;
• normal personal travel in border communities, including visits to a cottage.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

In recognition of the current challenges, the province will defer any increases to the Manitoba Pharmacare deductible that were scheduled to take effect April 1. The deductible will still come into effect on April 1, but will remain at 2019-20 levels throughout 2020-21 to assist Manitobans with supply limits imposed on pharmacies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manitobans are reminded that pharmacies have been asked to limit individuals to a 30-day supply of medication. All Canadian provinces have taken this step to prevent hoarding and ensure there is a consistent supply of medications.

A new community testing drive-thru site officially opened today in Winkler, at the Winkler Centennial Arena at 600 Park St. Hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are now 12 community testing sites including four drive-thru locations. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


March 24, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #30



    Public health officials advise one additional probable case of COVID-19 has been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 21 at this time.

The newest probable positive case is a man in his 40s who lives in Winnipeg. Public health investigation is underway and working to determine if the case is related to travel. Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel are updated as information becomes available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html.

Non-essential and routine diagnostic testing, including laboratory, imaging and non-invasive cardiac services, will be postponed as Manitoba continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Urgent diagnostic testing, including tests and procedures required for immediate care management, will continue with appropriate screening and precautions in place. Affected patients will be contacted directly and urged to contact their doctor immediately if symptoms worsen. Appointments will be rescheduled as quickly as possible following response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The public is reminded that visitor access at hospitals has been suspended. Exceptions for compassionate and end-of-life reasons will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis and visitors will be appropriately screened for travel, symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. For labour and delivery as well as pediatric patients, one visitor continues to be allowed, with the same stringent screening in place.

Visitor access at long-term care facilities is also subject to significant restrictions, which will now include screening for visitors who have returned from travel outside the province in the last 14 days. These measures are in place to protect patients, residents and staff.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel. This includes international travel and travel within Canada. There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel. In addition, effective immediately, public health officials are recommending that anyone who returns from travel, either international or domestic, should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This recommendation does not include:
• the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
• health care workers who travel to work from outside the province;
• normal personal travel in border communities, including visits to a cottage.

If symptoms develop during the 14-day self-isolation or self-monitoring period, contact Health Links– Info Santé to determine if testing for COVID-19 should be considered. In cases where testing is not recommended but symptoms are present, stay home (self-isolate) until well.

Health officials are reminding health-care workers (including physicians, providers and staff) returning from travel they MUST self-identify to their organization/site’s occupational health services. Health-care workers from organizations that do not have Occupational Health Services can call (toll-free) 1-888-203-4066.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

A new community testing drive-thru site will officially open Wednesday in Winkler at the Winkler Centennial Arena at 600 Park St. Hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When it opens, it will be Manitoba’s 12th community testing site and fourth drive-thru location. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


March 23, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #29



    Public health officials advise an additional probable case of COVID-19 has been identified, while another case initially identified as probable has been ruled out.  That case will be removed from the list, meaning the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 20.

The newest probable positive case is a man in his 50s who lives in Winnipeg. At this time, the public health investigation indicates the case is related to travel. Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel are updated as information becomes available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel. This includes international travel and travel within Canada. There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel. In addition, effective immediately, public health officials are recommending that anyone who returns from travel, either international or domestic, should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This recommendation does not include:
• the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers, including health-care workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work; or
• normal personal travel in border communities including visits to a cottage.

If symptoms develop during the 14-day self-isolation or self-monitoring period, contact Health Links– Info Santé to determine if testing for COVID-19 should be considered. In cases where testing is not recommended but symptoms are present, stay home (self-isolate) until well.

Health officials are reminding physicians, health-care providers and support staff returning from travel they MUST self-identify to their organization/site’s occupational health services.

Research Manitoba is working with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) to invest in the Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity. The Manitoba government is investing $800,000 and the CIHR is investing more than $465,000 in three research projects including:
• investigating how logistical systems can adapt to a pandemic at the University of Manitoba;
• developing a cost-effective, point-of-need diagnostic test for COVID-19 at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health; and
• developing a COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Manitoba.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep in-home health-care providers and our communities safe, new screening steps will be undertaken in advance of home and community visits. Health-care providers are contacting clients to complete screening in advance of normal appointments. Wherever possible, this screening will occur over the phone but may also be conducted from an appropriate social distance (two metres or six feet) before entry to the home. Screening is intended to identify potential for exposure to COVID-19 within the household, and identify whether services may safely be postponed or offered in another way such as over the phone.

For visits that must occur in person as scheduled, providers will use appropriate personal protective equipment and follow proper hand hygiene protocols.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

Eleven community testing sites throughout the province are open. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


March 22, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #28


 

    Public health officials advise an additional probable case of COVID-19 has been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 20 at this time.

     

    Case 20 is a man in his 40s who lives in Winnipeg.  At this time, the public health investigation indicates the case is related to travel.  Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel are updated as information becomes available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html

     

    There is a clarification to the operating hours for the latest community screening drive-thru site that opened in south Winnipeg.  The site, at the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Bison Drive Service Centre at 15 Barnes St. is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  Information on other sites is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

     

    Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

     

    The online screening tool is now available in an interactive voice response (IVR) format.  The tool asks callers standard screening questions for COVID-19.  If needed, it directs those who may require a conversation with a health-care professional to Health Links–Info Santé.  People who want to self-screen can call (toll-free) 1-877-308-9038.

     

    Eleven community testing sites throughout the province are open.  The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and that they are not walk-in clinics.  Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

     

    For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:

www.manitoba.ca/covid19.



March 22, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #27



    Public health officials advise the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains 19 at this time.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

The online screening tool is now available in an interactive voice response (IVR) format. The tool asks callers standard screening questions for COVID-19. If needed, it directs those who may require a conversation with a health-care professional to Health Links–Info Santé. People who want to self-screen can call (toll-free) 1-877-308-9038.

Eleven community testing sites throughout the province are open. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites are needed and that they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


March 21, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #26



    Public health officials advise an additional probable case of COVID-19 has been identified, bringing the number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 19 at this time.

     

    Case 19 is a woman in her 30s who lives in Winnipeg.  At this time, the public health investigation indicates the case is related to travel.  Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel are updated as information becomes available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html

     

    Manitobans are reminded of the importance of contacting their health-care provider for regular medical care.  This includes making sure children are up-to-date on their routine childhood immunizations.  This will reduce the risk of outbreaks of other communicable diseases during the pandemic.  For more information, visit www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/div/schedules.html.

     

    Most Community Living disABILITY Services (CLDS) and Children’s disABILITY Services (CDS) staff are working away from the office.  Participants, families and service providers involved with these programs can continue to contact their community service workers via telephone and email to plan for services and staff are continuing to monitor their phone messages.  

     

    If there is an urgent situation that requires an immediate response, contact the CLDS call centre toll-free line at 1-844-730-0105 or the CDS centre toll-free line at 1-844-805-0004 to speak with someone directly.  Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

     

    Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site.

     

    For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

     


March 21, 2020                 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #25


 

    Public health officials advise an additional case of COVID-19 was identified on March 19, bringing the number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba to 18 at this time.

Case 18 is a woman in her 50s who lives in Winnipeg. At this time, the public health investigation indicates the case is related to travel. Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel are updated at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html as information becomes available.

Manitobans are reminded that public health orders remain in effect. They include:
• limit public gatherings to less than 50 people including places of worship, family events, weddings and funerals;
• require retailers to ensure separation of two metres between patrons in their facility;
• limit hospitality premises such as restaurants or theatres to 50 people, or 50 per cent of capacity (whichever is less); and
• immediate closure of bingo and gaming centres, as well as wellness centres such as gyms and fitness centres.

At this time, the public health orders apply to public places, not workplaces. However, workplaces should still follow good social distancing practices as recommended by public health including:
• minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two meters/six feet) contact between other individuals in public;
• avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
• disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
• staying home if you are sick;
• following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus; and
• cancelling travel and avoiding crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk (e.g. seniors and those with underlying medical conditions).

The online screening tool is now available in an interactive voice response (IVR) format. It is not a replacement for Health Links–Info Santé. It is specifically for Manitobans who prefer to complete the screening tool by phone rather than online.

The tool asks callers standard screening questions for COVID-19. If needed, it directs those who may require a conversation with a health-care professional to Health Links–Info Santé. People who want to self-screen can call (toll-free) 1-877-308-9038.

A new community screening drive-thru site has opened in south Winnipeg at the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Bison Drive Service Centre. MPI employees vacated the premises, located at 15 Barnes St., earlier this week to make way for the testing site.

Hours for the site, Manitoba’s 11th testing location and third drive-thru, are daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information on other sites is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


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    Public health officials advise the number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba remains at 17 at this time.

A state of emergency has been declared by the powers set out in Section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act to enable the province to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, the public health orders apply to public places, not workplaces. However, workplaces should still follow good social distancing practices as recommended by public health including:
• minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres/six feet) contact between other individuals in public;
• avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
• disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
• following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus; and
• avoiding travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk (e.g. seniors and those with underlying medical conditions).

A new community testing drive-thru site is scheduled to open in south Winnipeg tomorrow at the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Bison Drive Service Centre. MPI employees vacated the premises, located at 15 Barnes St., earlier this week to make way for the testing site. Hours for the site, Manitoba’s 11th testing location and third drive-thru, are daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

These locations are not walk-in clinics.  Patients must receive a referral prior to arriving at these sites. Other locations throughout the province include:
Winnipeg – Access Winnipeg West (280 Booth Dr.), Access Fort Garry (135 Plaza Dr.), Access Transcona (845 Regent Ave. West) and the Mount Carmel Clinic (886 Main St.). Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Brandon – The Nurses Residence Gymnasium at the Brandon Regional Health Centre
(150 McTavish Ave. East). Hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Selkirk – 622 Superior Ave. The drive-thru site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Steinbach – 365 Reimer Ave. The drive-thru site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thompson – Thompson Clinic in the Plaza Mall (50 Selkirk Ave.). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
The Pas – Guy Hall, 28 First St. West. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Flin Flon – Channing Auditorium in the Flin Flon Community Hall, 2 North Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

More locations are expected to open in the coming days.

The pre-screening tool is now also available in French. For more information, visit:
https://covid19.soinscommunsmb.ca/covid19/outil-de-depistage/.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


COVID-19 BULLETIN #23



    Public health officials advise the number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba remains at 17 at this time.

Surgery programs across Manitoba will begin suspending elective (non-urgent) surgical procedures starting Monday, March 23. This will help ensure staff, beds, equipment and supplies remain available and flexible for COVID-19 response.

Hospitals across the province will continue with scheduled surgeries for cancer, trauma and other surgeries that cannot be delayed. Time-sensitive orthopedic, obstetrical, gynecology and ophthalmology surgeries will also continue.a Surgery slates will be examined to ensure proper patient care continues and any affected patients will be contacted about changes to their care.

Prescription renewals will now be limited to a 30-day supply. In times where supplies of some medication may be limited, this strategy is designed to ensure people do not stockpile medicine and all patients have access to their medication.

For the next four weeks, CancerCare Manitoba will consolidate two cancer clinics to offer services out of one location. Cancer clinic services currently offered at Seven Oaks General Hospital will now be delivered out of the Victoria General Hospital Cancer Clinic and affected patients will be contacted by their clinical team. Visits that can be completed virtually or by phone will continue to be managed in that way and patients requiring treatment will be seen at CancerCare Manitoba’s various cancer clinics.

As demand increases, additional resources continue to be added to Health Links–Info Santé. More phone lines have been added and additional staff have been deployed to assist with the higher call volume. Work is nearly complete and an interactive voice recording (IVR) will launch soon to prescreen callers before they speak to a clinician.

A new community testing site opened in Steinbach this morning. Located at 365 Reimer Ave., the site will operate as a drive-thru, with daily hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. These locations are not walk-in clinics.  Patients must receive a referral prior to arriving at these sites. Other locations throughout the province include:
Winnipeg – Access Winnipeg West (280 Booth Dr.), Access Fort Garry (135 Plaza Dr.), Access Transcona (845 Regent Ave. West) and the Mount Carmel Clinic (886 Main St.). Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Brandon – The Nurses Residence Gymnasium at the Brandon Regional Health Centre
(150 McTavish Ave. East). Hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Selkirk – 622 Superior Ave. The drive-thru site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thompson – Thompson Clinic in the Plaza Mall (50 Selkirk Ave.). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
The Pas – Guy Hall, 28 First St. West. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
 Flin Flon – Channing Auditorium in the Flin Flon Community Hall, 2 North Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

More locations are expected to open in the coming days including a new drive-thru location in south Winnipeg.

The pre-screening tool is now also available in French. For more information, visit https://covid19.soinscommunsmb.ca/covid19/outil-de-depistage/.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


COVID-19 BULLETIN #22



    Public health officials advise the number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba remains at 17 at this time.

Public health investigations are continuing on the two positive cases identified yesterday. It appears that both cases are related to travel.

To protect the health of patients, staff and volunteers, visitor access at all Manitoba hospitals has been suspended. Exceptions for compassionate reasons will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis but will adhere to vigilant screening. One visitor per patient may be admitted with the approval of individual facility managers in some departments.

For pediatric patients, one parent or guardian will be allowed to visit at a time following screening.

A new community testing site is scheduled to open in Steinbach tomorrow. Located at 365 Reimer Ave., the site will operate as a drive-thru, with daily hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other locations throughout the province include:
• Winnipeg – Access Winnipeg West (280 Booth Dr.), Access Fort Garry (135 Plaza Dr.), Access Transcona (845 Regent Ave. West) and the Mount Carmel Clinic (886 Main St.). Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
• Brandon – the Nurses Residence Gymnasium at the Brandon Regional Health Centre (150 McTavish Ave. East). Hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Selkirk – 622 Superior Ave. The drive-thru site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Thompson – Thompson Clinic in the Plaza Mall (50 Selkirk Ave.). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
• The Pas – Guy Hall, 28 First St. West. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
• Flin Flon – Channing Auditorium in the Flin Flon Community Hall, 2 North Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
• More locations are expected to open in the coming days, including a new drive-thru location in south Winnipeg. These locations are not walk-in clinics. Patients must receive a referral prior to arriving at sites.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Manitobans who have received traffic tickets or tickets for other provincial offences should note that the Provincial Offences Court is closed to the public until May 1. All hearings are being postponed and people will be advised of their new date directly. All new tickets are being automatically remanded for 60 days, so individuals will be able to deal with their matters after court reopens. Tickets can still be paid in full online, by mail or by dropping off a payment into a secure drop box at 373 Broadway. More information is available at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/tickets/pubs/pocfaqcovid19.pdf.

    Twenty-seven additional ventilators have arrived in Winnipeg and will be distributed throughout the health system to help care for critically ill patients across the province.  The province is awaiting shipment on 16 more ventilators that were part of an order placed last week

COVID-19  BULLETIN #21



    Public health officials advise the number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba remains at 17 at this time.

Public health investigations are continuing on the two additional positive cases identified yesterday. It appears that both cases are related to travel.

In an effort to protect patients, staff and the community, all Manitoba health-care facilities will soon begin implementing enhanced precautions and protocols which will involve additional visitor restrictions. Exceptions for compassionate reasons will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis.

This step follows public health’s recommendation earlier this week to suspend visitor access to long-term-care facilities across the province. Similar to health-care facilities, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of individual facility managers.

Preparations continue to ensure acute care facilities are prepared in the event of COVID-19 patients requiring admissions. Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC) has begun a series of moves as part of the provincially co-ordinated response. A medicine unit will today be relocated to existing clinical space in the former HSC Women’s Pavilion at 735 Notre Dame Ave. to enable the movement of patients within the hospital campus to create a 30-bed isolation unit.

Twenty-seven additional ventilators, which are crucial to caring for critically ill patients, have arrived and will be put into operation at health-care facilities throughout the province. This brings Manitoba’s overall supply to 266. It is anticipated an additional 16 ventilators, also ordered last week, will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Agencies that offer day programs through Community Living disABILITY Services for adults with intellectual disabilities have been asked to limit this service as part of the effort to support social distancing efforts and reduce the potential spread of the virus. As soon as possible, day services will only be offered to individuals who:
• live with family members who could lose their job if day services are not provided,
• are supported by home share providers who can’t provide care during daytime hours and where other arrangements are not possible, and
• cannot be safely supported in their residence during daytime hours.

Clients and their family members or care providers will receive further information as soon as possible.

Manitoba now has nine dedicated testing sites for COVID-19. There are four sites in Winnipeg, as well as locations in Brandon, Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas and Selkirk. Additional locations are expected to open in the coming days including drive-thru locations in Winnipeg and Steinbach. The new drive-thru in Winnipeg will open in the coming days at the Manitoba Public Insurance Bison Drive Service Centre at 15 Barnes St. (intersection of Barnes Street and Bison Drive) in south Winnipeg, while the Steinbach location will open tomorrow morning at the Community Health Services Building at 365 Reimer Ave.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


COVID-19 BULLETIN #20



    Public health officials advise that two additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba.  This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba to 17.

Case information includes:
• case 16 is a woman in her 50s who lives in Winnipeg; and
• case 17 is a man in his 70s who lives in Winnipeg.

Public health investigations have begun and at this time, it appears that both cases are travel related.

Manitoba’s first drive-thru community testing site for COVID-19 opened this afternoon in Selkirk. The new site will see patients referred to the site drive up to be screened by health-care workers. If necessary, they will be registered, tested and given advice on what to do while awaiting results without leaving their vehicle. The Selkirk testing site, at 622 Superior Ave., will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is the ninth dedicated testing site to open in Manitoba in the past week. There are four sites in Winnipeg, as well as locations in Brandon, Thompson, Flin Flon and The Pas.

These testing sites are by referral only and are not walk-in clinics. Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site.

CancerCare Manitoba is taking proactive measures to help reduce the impact of COVID-19. Starting Thursday, breast cancer screening services at BreastCheck will be suspended for at least two weeks. Clients will be notified directly to confirm that their appointments will be affected. Clients can call (toll-free) 1-855-95-CHECK (24325) if they have any questions or concerns.

All hemodialysis patients need to continue to go for dialysis treatments. Hospitals and dialysis units are implementing many measures to ensure all hemodialysis patients are provided the safest care. Dialysis treatments are life sustaining and going to a hospital for regularly scheduled dialysis treatments in a carefully managed environment is the SAFEST option for hemodialysis patients.

Patients who skip or miss dialysis treatments may have adverse health outcomes and require emergency medical services such as urgent care or emergency department care. Dialysis patients who have travelled internationally in the past 14 days or who experience flu-like symptoms should still call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 and their dialysis unit before going to the dialysis unit or hospital.

Starting tomorrow, Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) clients are asked to contact staff through the call centre whenever possible, in order to follow public health recommendations on public distancing. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 204-948-2888 (inside Winnipeg) or 1-855-944-8111 (toll-free, outside Winnipeg). Clients can also email the department at eia@gov.mb.ca. All EIA offices are still open during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) but it is recommended clients use phone or email options and avoid in-person visits.

In light of recommendations about social distancing and limiting public gatherings, Manitoba Conservation and Climate has cancelled all planned interpreter-led events in Manitoba parks and has closed interpretive centres until further notice. Parks remain open for day use at this time. As long as people are healthy and able to do so, they can explore trails in provincial parks on their own or in small groups, while using good social distancing practices.

The Parks Reservation Service will launch as scheduled next week. For health and safety reasons, no in-person reservations will be accepted and reservations must be made online athttps://prspub.gov.mb.ca/ or through the call centre, at 204-948-3333 for people in Winnipeg and 1-888-482-2267 for all other areas of the province. Users should log in to their account before the launch dates to confirm account information and to review reservation and camping policies.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


COVID-19 BULLETIN #19



    Public health officials advise the total number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba remains at 15 at this time.

Public health investigations are continuing on the seven additional positive cases identified yesterday. It appears that six of the seven cases are related to travel. Further information about travel is pending for the seventh case.

More than 2,100 patients have been screened for COVID-19 at dedicated testing sites in Winnipeg, Thompson, Flin Flon and The Pas in the past six days including about 430 yesterday. The province’s eighth dedicated testing site opened today at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, in the Nurses’ Residence Gym Hours at that location are daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional locations throughout the province will be announced in the days ahead. The public is reminded that these sites are not walk-in clinics. Manitobans are asked to call Health Links-Info Santé, who will be able to assess whether testing for COVID-19 is needed and can provide a referral. The Health Links-Info Santé number is 204-788-8200 and 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free).

Twenty students from the University of Manitoba have been added to support occupational health services, which is tasked with screening and responding to inquiries from staff and physicians who have returned from travelling internationally in the last 14 days.

All staff and physicians with international travel history are required to contact occupational health services (OHS) immediately upon return. Occupational health services staff are working within clinically determined and evidence-based guidelines to assess all returning staff. All facilities and departments have been directed to identify staff and physicians who are operationally required. Those individuals are then assessed by OHS for the type of work they do including consideration of their exposure to high-risk patients and the circumstances of their travel.

Those operationally required staff and physicians who are cleared to return to work will have no or limited contact with patients, are required to wear personal protective equipment all times during their shift and must self-monitor for symptoms including monitoring their temperature twice per day.

Public health is recommending that support services to seniors programs focused on providing congregate meals be suspended. At long-term care facilities and for assisted living, congregate meals follow public health recommendations on social distancing. Individuals who have returned from international travel in the past 14 days have been instructed to self-isolate or self-monitor. Those who are suffering from cold- or flu-like symptoms should not participate in congregate meal programs.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


COVID-19 BULLETIN #18



    Public health officials advise that seven additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba.  This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba to 15.

Case information includes:
• case nine – a man in his 60s from a community in the Southern Health Santé-Sud Health region;
• case 10 – a woman in her 60s from a community in the Southern Health Santé-Sud Health Region;
• case 11 is a woman in her 60s from Winnipeg;
• case 12 is a woman in her 50s from Winnipeg;
• case 13 is a woman in her 40s from Winnipeg;
• case 14 is a man in his 30s from Winnipeg; and
• case 15 is a woman in her 50s from Winnipeg.

Public health investigations have begun and further information regarding travel is pending.

As of March 16, 2,280 tests have been completed for COVID-19 in Manitoba.

Licensed child-care centres will suspend services from the end-of-day on March 20 until April 10, based on advice from public health officials. Parents are asked to begin making alternative arrangements for child care immediately, with the goal of reducing the number of children in centres as soon as possible. This direction does not apply to home-based child care, as they care for a smaller number of children.

Planning is underway to ensure parents who provide essential services, such as front-line health-care providers, will have a way to continue to access child-care options. Families who meet this criteria and cannot make other arrangements should contact 204-945-0776, 1-888-213-4754 (toll-free) or cdcinfo@gov.mb.ca as soon as possible to help support the development of this service.

Public health officials are recommending the immediate suspension of visitors in long-term care facilities across Manitoba. Exceptions for compassionate reasons or end of life will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of individual facility managers.

Additionally, it is recommended that adult day programs and similar programming located within long-term care or personal care facilities be immediately suspended.

All other adult day programs may continue, provided they comply with the recommendations of social distancing, appropriate screening and do not exceed the recommended restriction on social gatherings of more than 50 people.

An eighth dedicated testing site for COVID-19 will open Wednesday in the Nurses Residence Gymnasium at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. It will be open seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other dedicated sites in the province include four locations in Winnipeg, as well as in Thompson, Flin Flon and The Pas. More locations throughout the province are expected to open throughout the week.

These testing sites are by referral only and are not walk-in clinics. Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site.

Individuals who have travelled internationally in the last 14 days, been instructed to self-isolate or self-monitor, or have cold- or flu-like symptoms should not participate in adult day programs.

For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #17



    The Manitoba government is taking additional proactive measures to help reduce the impact of COVID-19.  This includes:
• suspending services at licensed child-care centres, effective end-of-day Friday, March 20;
• recommending parents with children in these centres begin to make alternate arrangements as soon as possible, even though centres will remain open for the remainder of the week;
• continuing to allow home-based child-care providers to operate; and
• creating dedicated child-care options for front-line and essential services staff who need them.

Parents who will be providing front-line health care or are a member of a fire, police or paramedic service and will not be able to find alternative child care while services are suspended are asked to contact 204-945-0776 or 1-888-213-4754 (toll-free).

Parents are asked to keep all children and youth home if they have a fever or other respiratory illness symptoms. Schools will be notifying parents that students will be sent home if they have any of these symptoms.

The province is also advising that:
• teachers will continue to be on the job, either in schools or at home, to create learning plans and continue teaching using the distance learning options available; and
• all casinos will close effective midnight tonight.

Public health officials are recommending the immediate suspension of visitors in long-term care facilities across Manitoba. Exceptions for compassionate reasons or end of life will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of individual facility managers.

In addition, public health officials are recommending the cancellation of gatherings of more than 50 people, consistent with the announcement made by the federal government.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. In addition, public health officials are recommending all international travellers should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.

Health officials are reminding physicians, health-care providers and support staff returning from international travel that they MUST self-identify to their organization/site’s occupational health services.

To support social distancing efforts, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living’s registration and client services office at 300 Carlton St. will be temporarily closed to the public. Staff will continue to register people for Manitoba health coverage and Manitoba Pharmacare benefits through email, phone, fax and mail. Forms and contact information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/health/mhsip/forms.html.

Yesterday, Manitoba’s Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeals all introduced new provisions to restrict or reschedule matters over the next several weeks. For more information, visit www.manitobacourts.mb.ca/news/covid-19-update-march-16-2020/.

A new self-assessment tool is now online to help Manitobans determine whether they need to call Health Links–Info Santé to possibly get a referral or to self-isolate. The tool provides interactive advice to users concerned about whether they have contracted COVID-19. It is expected the tool will help with call volumes. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Additionally, people calling Health Links–Info Santé can soon expect to hear a new interactive voice response system (IVR). The IVR will allow COVID-19 screening questions to be answered prior to users being connected to operators, which should shorten the length of calls. This technology is anticipated to be up and running as soon as this afternoon.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 before arriving at a testing site. Nearly 1,700 patients have visited dedicated testing sites in Winnipeg and Thompson in the past five days including 481 yesterday.

New dedicated testing sites for COVID-19 opened today at the following locations:
• Channing Auditorium in the Flin Flon Community Hall, 2 North Ave., Flin Flon; and
• Guy Hall, 28 First St. West, The Pas.

Both sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

All Manitobans should continue to practice good social distancing strategies including minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between other individuals in public.

For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.



COVID-19 BULLETIN #16


 

    One additional presumptive positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Manitoba, for a total of eight cases.  At this time, it appears all cases were exposed to the virus through recent travel.

Case eight is a man in his 80s who lives in Winnipeg. Patient contact and public health investigations are ongoing.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. They are also recommending all international travellers self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.

Work is underway to finalize guidelines for health-care and critical infrastructure workers who return from international travel to address any impacts on essential services. All physicians, health-care providers and support staff returning from international travel MUST self-identify to their organization or site’s occupational health services.

Manitoba patients are advised their surgery may be postponed if their surgeon has determined their procedure can be safely delayed for three months or longer without any significant effects on their health. The goal is to protect patients who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Patients that will be affected by cancellations will include:
• patients older than 70 years of age;
• patients with significant underlying health conditions; and
• patients who are immune compromised.

Patients will be contacted directly to confirm that their surgery is being affected.

CancerCare Manitoba advises that patients with symptoms of a respiratory illness should not visit their sites. Instead, patients with symptoms should call their health-care team and follow their instructions on next steps. Cancer patients should check the website www.cancercare.mb.ca for regular updates to cancer patient information.

Manitobans are reminded that certain individuals should NOT visit acute care or long term care facilities. This includes those who have:
• returned from international travel in the last 14 days;
• been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days; or
• have cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache.

Only one visitor per patient at a time is allowed in acute care facilities, such as hospitals, across Manitoba. This does not apply to parents of children in hospital. Also, exceptions will be made for special circumstances, such as visitors who require an escort or those going to see a patient nearing the end of their life.

All Manitobans should practice good social distancing strategies including minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between other individuals in public.

Anyone displaying symptoms of having COVID-19, particularly those who have travelled internationally in the past 14 days, are asked to contact Health Links-Info Sante at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 for further information.

For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


COVID-19 BULLETIN #15

March 16th


All presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been lab confirmed for a total of seven lab-confirmed cases.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. In addition, public health officials are recommending all international travellers self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.

Work is underway to finalize guidelines for health-care workers and critical infrastructure workers who return from international travel to address any impacts on essential services. All physicians, health-care providers and staff returning from international travel MUST self-identify to their organization/site’s occupational health services.

Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, the health system is now implementing elevated precautions to protect patients, as many have underlying medical conditions that put them at greater risk of becoming severely ill due to COVID-19. Certain individuals should NOT visit acute care or long-term care facilities. This includes those who have:
• returned from international travel in the last 14 days;
• been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days; or
• have cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache.

Effective immediately, only one visitor per patient at a time is allowed in acute care facilities, such as hospitals, across Manitoba. This does not apply to parents of children in hospital. Also, exceptions will be made at a manager’s discretion for special circumstances, such as visitors who require an escort or those going to see a patient nearing the end of their life.

In addition, Manitoba and Doctors Manitoba have agreed on new payment options to offer virtual visit and virtual care psychotherapy options to supplement traditional models of care including video-conferencing options. Physicians will work with their patients to use these options.

Transportation industry partners needs to ensure all companies are made aware of important considerations with respect to essential cross-border crossings. At this time, public health officials are not mandating drivers to self-isolate after crossing the border to ensure essential services continue.

However, all companies should make sure drivers are not showing respiratory symptoms before crossing the border and take the necessary measures if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. This includes calling Health-Links Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to speak to a health practitioner and requesting the affected driver to self-isolate until they are assessed.

Manitoba’s adult and youth correctional facilities continue to allow visitors, with restrictions in place to protect the health and safety of people in custody as well as staff. Visits from family members will continue to be allowed but with no contact. Visits with legal counsel will continue with no changes. All centres have suspended all visits from volunteers and community agencies until further notice.

There have been reports of multiple phishing scams related to COVID-19. Many are asking people for credit card information to provide medication following a positive test results. This is not a call that Manitobans would receive from public health officials. Manitobans are advised to not provide any financial data, hang up on the call and to report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at (toll-free) 1-888-495-8501.

For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


March 15, 2020

                                                               COVID-19
                                                            Bulletin #14

Updated information is now available about the three presumptive positive cases announced earlier on March 15.

Case five is a man in his 70s who lives in Winnipeg.  At this time, it appears this man was exposed to the virus through travel.  Case six is a woman in her 70s who lives in a community in the area of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.  At this time, it appears this woman was exposed to the virus through travel.  Case seven is a woman in her 50s who lives in Winnipeg.  At this time, it appears this woman was exposed to the virus through travel.  Patient contact and public health investigations are ongoing.

A site will open in Thompson tomorrow, Monday, March 16 to help determine if individuals need to be screened or tested for COVID-19.  It will operate daily from 9 am to 4 pm in the Thompson Clinic in the Plaza Mall.  Staff will also provide advice about precautions people can take to reduce their risk and advice about self-isolation, if required.  Clients who present to the site will be triaged upon arrival and directed for testing as appropriate. Locations of screening and testing sites other communities across the province are being confirmed.  Details will be shared once available. 

Manitobans are reminded that only individuals who have recently returned from an international trip recently and also have a fever, cough or other symptoms of a respiratory illness should be tested for COVID-19.

All Manitobans, including health-care providers, are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel.  In addition, public health officials are recommending all international travellers should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.

Work is underway to finalize guidelines for health-care workers and critical infrastructure workers who return from international travel to address any impacts on essential services.

People are encouraged to take common prevention measures including regular handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.  Make sure to dry hands thoroughly.  Alternatively, people can use an alcohol-based hand cleanser if their hands are not visibly dirty.  People should also cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into their sleeve.

For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.



COVID-19
 BULLETIN #13

Three additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba.  This brings the number of lab-confirmed positive cases in Manitoba to four and presumptive positive cases to three, for a total of seven cases.

Case five is a man in his 70s. Case six is a woman in her 70s and at this time, it appears this woman was exposed to the virus through recent travel. Case seven is a woman in her 50s. Patient contact and public health investigations are ongoing.

All Manitobans, including health-care providers, are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. In addition, public health officials are recommending all international travellers should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada. Work is underway to develop guidelines for screening of Manitoba health-care workers returning to Canada following international travel.

Winnipeg’s four dedicated testing sites for COVID-19 have seen 900 patients in the past three days including 268 yesterday. The public is reminded that these sites are not walk-in clinics. International travellers who have developed cold- or flu-like symptoms within 14 days of returning to Canada should contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be referred for testing at these sites.

Health Links received more than 1,000 calls yesterday. Staffing numbers continue to be increased and technical enhancements are being worked on including an online self-assessment tool that will help Manitobans identify whether they need to be tested for the virus. It is anticipated this tool will be available in the next few days.

HSC Winnipeg is restricting the number of public entrances to the campus beginning today, so visitors can be properly screened for COVID-19 upon arrival. These restrictions will protect patients who may have underlying medical conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. Patients are now only allowed one visitor at a time. Exceptions will be made at a manager’s discretion for special circumstances, such as visitors who require an escort or those going to see a patient nearing the end of their life.

Similar measures are being considered for other health-care facilities throughout the province and at long-term care homes.

Visitors arriving at facilities throughout Manitoba’s health system can expect to be screened upon arrival for COVID-19. If visitors are ill or have travelled internationally in the past 14 days, or if they have been instructed to self-monitor or self-isolate, they are strongly encouraged to stay home for the well-being of staff, volunteers, patients and the general public.

CancerCare Manitoba is asking patients with upcoming appointments or tests to call ahead. Cancer patients may be more susceptible to COVID-19 due to weakened immune systems, so appointments and tests may be rescheduled if not considered urgent or patients are not actively being treated for the disease.

Similarly, patients living with kidney disease are also at higher risk of infection. Scheduled dialysis treatments are proceeding as usual for patients who are well. However, dialysis patients experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms who have returned from international travel in the past 14 days are asked to call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 for an initial assessment. They are also asked to call their renal unit before leaving home for a dialysis treatment or clinic visit so staff can prepare to treat them in a way that keeps them and others from possibly being exposed to COVID-19.

In keeping with social distancing strategies outlined to Manitobans and in consultation with key stakeholders, public health officials have advised suspending classes in Manitoba kindergarten to Grade 12 schools effective March 23 to April 10. This is being done to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

Public health officials are also advising schools and educational institutions to:
• ensure ill staff and students stay home from school, and support those who are self-isolating at home to ensure they do not fall behind in their studies;
• reduce activities in large groups and crowds;
• increase desk distance between students; and
• consider implementing virtual or online classrooms to reduce the number of people in classrooms and increase distance between staff and students.

Public health officials continue to recommend social distancing measures for all Manitobans including:
• cancelling or postponing any large-scale events (events with more than 250 attendees);
• minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between individuals in public;
• avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
• disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
• following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus; and
• avoiding all non-essential travel, as well as crowded places and events.

Employers should review their business continuity plans and take steps to ensure employees can stay home when ill, without facing barriers such as the requirement for sick notes, and work from home if possible. Employers should also discontinue non-essential, work-related travel outside of Manitoba and encourage virtual meetings to reduce prolonged, close contact between individuals.

People are encouraged to take common prevention measures including regular handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds. Make sure to dry hands thoroughly. Alternatively, people can use an alcohol-based hand cleanser if their hands are not visibly dirty. People should also cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into their sleeve.

Being prepared also means using official sources for the most up-to-date and accurate information. The Manitoba government is also urging media to exercise caution in reporting information related to the evolving COVID-19 situation and to avoid hearsay or speculation, as this can spread misinformation.

For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/.