Forty other cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba. Health officials report that at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning there were 167 laboratory-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba. Of these, 15 cases are in Southern Health, 14 being confirmed positive and one listed as probably probable.
The data also show:
• five people are currently hospitalized, four of whom are in intensive care,
• 11 individuals recovered from COVID-19, and
• the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.
The Cadham Provincial Laboratory carried out 1,300 tests on Wednesday. As of April 2, a total of 11,327 tests had been completed.
Three other workers at two Manitoba health care facilities tested positive for COVID-19. Confirmed cases at the Health Sciences Center (HSC) in Winnipeg and the Betel Home Gimli are under investigation by public health, occupational health and infection prevention and control officials. All affected health workers receive appropriate instructions for self-isolation or self-monitoring, depending on their exposure.
Following the positive case of COVID-19 at Betel Home in Gimli, public health officials are also investigating an epidemic of respiratory disease among residents. Nine residents with symptoms of respiratory illness are tested for the cause of their illness. This will include testing for COVID-19. The home has put in place additional infection prevention and control measures to isolate affected patients.
A change in protocol will soon force healthcare workers working in patient care roles in institutions, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, health centers, nursing stations, centers COVID-19 test centers, to extend their use of the mask and other personal protective equipment (PPE) procedure. These changes will be implemented over the next few days at sites across the province. Manitoba’s COVID-19 provincial supply chain central management works with regions and facilities to identify and ship appropriate PPE.
New screening procedures are implemented for staff working in acute and long-term care facilities. Implementation of these measures has started and will involve interviewing staff about the travel history, exposure to COVID-19 positive cases, any symptoms they may have and taking their temperature early. their shift. Staff who have to come and go during their shift may be re-checked when they return to facilities and service areas.
Public health also advises people to stay inside or near their home community. This includes limiting travel, even in Manitoba, to essential travel only. The services of small health centers could be severely strained if seasonal visitors fell ill.
As Manitoba’s health care system continues to prepare to ensure it is ready to meet the needs of patients and provide appropriate protection from COVID-19 to healthcare workers, donations of the following supplies are now welcome:
• N95 respirators of different models and sizes, of hospital and industrial quality;
• surgical / surgical masks;
• disposable gowns; and
• disinfectants and cleaners.
Supplies must be in the original packaging, clean and in good 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 Winnipeg residents’ ongoing demands for COVID-19 testing, a second community driving test site will open tomorrow at the Main Street Service Center of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPI) , 1284 Main Street. Hours of operation will be 9 am to 5 pm daily.
Other locations in Winnipeg:
• Mount Carmel Clinic, 886 Main Street,
• Access to Winnipeg West, 280 Booth Drive and
• MPI Bison Drive Service Center, 15 Barnes Street
The new Main Street location will allow the Access Transcona and Access Fort Garry test sites to stop functioning as test sites tomorrow and resume their mandate to provide primary and episodic care to patients. The public is reminded that a referral to these screening sites is necessary and that these are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation in Manitoba is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.
Anyone concerned about their exposure to COVID-19 or their 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 for see if a test is required.
For more information and to access the COVID-19 online screening tool, visit: