Coronavirus: Parkview Place, Manitoba’s Deadliest Nursing Home Epidemic, in “Staff Crisis”

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There have been nine COVID-19-related deaths and 89 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus at the Parkview Place personal care home in downtown Winnipeg – the deadliest outbreak in a long-term care home in Manitoba since the start of the pandemic. .Sixty-seven of those infected are residents, while 22 are staff.

The union that represents non-nurses – orderlies, cleaners and others – filed a grievance this week over access to personal protective equipment and concerns about staffing.

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Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2039 demanded access to N95 respirators for staff working in the COVID-19 units of the nursing home during a grievance meeting on October 14.

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That request was successful, the union said, with the employer now providing the requested PPE.

While the issue of nursing home staffing extends beyond Parkview Place, the situation at the Edmonton Street Nursing Home is dire.

“We are in a staff crisis, we need more staff, the staff are exhausted, they are overwhelmed, they are working short and it is really difficult in this stressful time.

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“In terms of staffing, it’s not like they can give us an answer at the grievance hearing, it’s still an ongoing issue,” said Shannon McAteer, Care Coordinator. of CUPE 2309, in a telephone interview.








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The company that runs the nursing home, Revera, said in a statement that it is reviewing the union’s grievance, adding that it is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its employees.

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On Thursday, the province’s chief public health officer, Dr Brent Roussin, said all licensed personal care homes in the greater Winnipeg area had turned red – or critical – under the system of intervention in the event of a pandemic.

This means that all new admissions to personal care homes in the region will have to remain isolated for 14 days upon arrival and no new admissions will be allowed to personal care homes in the region where an outbreak is suspected or confirmed, unless this new resident is already confirmed. be COVID-19-positive.

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McAteer said that while infected Parkview Place staff are either in isolation or have the virus, the staffing situation is particularly dire.

“They can’t take their breaks at all, so they work tirelessly, they have to hurry to take care of the residents, they aren’t able to provide – it’s just the urgent kind of life and the care of the residents. members – because they have to run to the next resident to take care of them too, ”she said.

“They are not able to provide the care that they would normally have, which is really difficult for them.”


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