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Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) and public health officials have advised that all Long Term Care facilities including Convalescent Home cancel all visitation to protect our vulnerable Resident population.  Resident who have special circumstances such as those on end of life care will be allowed visitors.  This is to be arranged by contacting 204-453-4663 and speaking with the Clinical Coordinator or Charge Nurse on shift. Primary or secondary contacts will be notified of necessary Resident updates per our present protocol. Thank-you for your cooperation and understanding. 

We have just received 4 Apple I Pads in which to facilitate Residents to contact their loved ones.  We ask all Family members to contact us with your email address, Skype, Face Time etc information so that this can be set up. 

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:
o minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two meters/six feet) contact between other individuals in public;
o avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
o disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
o staying home if you are sick;
o following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have traveled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus.

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. A new community screening drive-thru site has opened in south Winnipeg at the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Bison Drive Service Centre. Hours for the site 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.

On March 20, 2020, the Manitoba government declared a province-wide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The State of Emergency will remain in effect for 30 days (April 19, 2020). Premier Brian Pallister indicated the move will enable Manitoba to react more quickly on a broad range of supportive services to stop the spread for COVID-19 and ensure that essential services are available for all Manitobans during this global health pandemic.

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

Being prepared also means seeking official sources of information to ensure the most up-to-date and accurate information is being used. 

For more information contact:
http:www.manitoba.ca/covid19.
https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/ltc-poster-letter-size.pdf
https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/covid-19-family-ltc.pdf

REFERENCE LINKS:
WHO Situation Reports- https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports
PHAC - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
John Hopkins Research Public Health- www.coronavirus.jhu.edu/map

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Updated March 26th, 2020