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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 implement visitation guidelines to protect our vulnerable Resident population. Primary or secondary contacts will be continue to be notified of necessary Resident updates per our present protocol. Thank-you for your cooperation and understanding.
 

Visitor restrictions are designed to reduce the number of individuals that enter our facilities in order to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to staff and to Residents under our care. Visitor guidelines will be adjusted based on pandemic protocols. In collaboration with Public Health, Convalescent Home will adhere to the Provincial Guidelines for Ongoing Visitor Restrictions and Current Screening Requirements that align with the presence and transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

The Home continues to assist in fulfilling the needs of residents to have regular communication and visitation with close family and/or friends who have a clearly established pattern of involvement in providing care and support to the resident’s emotional wellbeing, health, and quality of life. Protecting the health and well-being of our Home, Residents and Staff remains a top priority.

Visitor Restrictions are directly related to the presence/transmission of COVID-19 in the province as determined by Chief Public Health Officer. Restrictions are separated into three distinct levels:

LEVEL ONE: Outbreak or High Level of COVID-19 Activity or Outbreak-RESTRICTED

  1. End of Life (Indoor Visit)-Last two weeks of life-Up to two (2) designated visitors. May visit together if physical distancing can be maintained.  By appointment, sign in and out, screening before entry, medical mask or additional PPE according to the zone, physical distancing, Hand Hygiene and IPC guidance.  Permitted visitors will be escorted to/from visitation room, minimize tough surfaces.
  2. General Family Visits (indoor/outdoor)- Not permitted, visits suspended.
  3. Off-site Visits-Not permitted, visits suspended.

LEVEL TWO: Moderate Level of COVID-19 Activity-LIMITED

  1. End of Life (indoor visit)-Last two (2) weeks of life- Up to four (4) designated visitors may be identified for end of life.  Two (2) may visit in a 24-hour period.  Two (2) may visit at a time if physical distancing is maintained.
  2. Visitors-Indoors (other than end of life exceptions e.g. essential care by a family member-One (1) designated visitor person may be identified for visit.  Screening before entry, non-medical mask required, physical distancing, Hand Hygiene and IPC guidance, escorted to/from visitation room, minimize touch surfaces.
  3. Visitors-Outdoor-Designated visitors may be identified, a maximum of two (2) may visit in a day, on-site and outdoors.  By appointment, screening before entry, Non-medical mask required, physical distancing, hand hygiene and IPC guidance, escorted to/from visitation room, minimize touch surfaces
  4. Off-site visits-Not recommended.

 LEVEL THREE: Very Low Level of COVID-19 Activity-SCREENED

  1. End of Life-Designated visitors may be identified, two (2) may visit in a 24 hour period. Two (2) may visit at a time if physical distancing is maintained.  Screening before entry, Non-medical mask required, physical distancing, hand hygiene and IPC guidance, escort to/from visitation room, minimize touch surfaces
  2. Residents-Indoor Visits-Designated visitors may be identified, it is recommended one (1) may visit in a 24 hour period.  Two (2) may be approved to visit at a time if physical distancing is maintained.  Outdoor visits are preferred and encouraged to keep the number of individuals entering the Home to a minimum.
  3. Visitors-Outdoor-Designated visitors may be identified, a maximum of two(2) may visit in a day, on-site and outdoors.  By appointment, screening before entry, non-medical mask encouraged, physical distancing, hand hygiene and IPC guidance
  4. Off-site visits-Not recommended

 

For those who want to send items to their loved one, please consider the following. Items can be dropped off at the front door (Reception) between 8 AM-3:30 PM Monday to Friday only (no deliveries will be accepted during the weekends, evenings or holidays).  Items must be in their original packaging including food items. Packaging must be durable (non-paper type).  Items will be disinfected when received and delivered to the Residents(s) by Reception.  Clothing items need to be new or clean upon arrival.  These will be sent directly to laundry for labeling and cleaning prior to being sent to the Residents' units. Homemade food items in reusable containers, plants, flowers or any other non-cleanable item will not be accepted as they cannot be properly disinfected.

The virtual visits with the Residents and our IPADs continue to be a big hit to date.  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 and workplaces, 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

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.

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 June 29th, 2020

Staff Information

Effective  June 29th, 2020, the staff screening process for COVID-19 symptoms will change.

It remains extremely important for all staff to adhere to the Public Health guidance and restrictions regarding COVID-19, including the requirement for all staff to assess their health on a daily basis to ensure they are healthy and fit to work.

The New Process replaces point of entry screening for staff at health care facilities with a requirement for staff to complete a self-screening questionnaire before reporting to work. Random point of entry screening will continue to be conducted at the discretion of site operators. 

Staff will be required to complete the following steps for each shift:

Before staff leave home prior to every shift, staff are asked to comply with the initiative for daily self-screening according the self-screening tool found at the Main Floor Screening Station Cart.

When you arrive at the work site, you will be asked to sign a Self-Screening Sign In/Declaration.

By signing this document, you affirm that you have completed the Self-Screening Tool prior to arriving at work and you are healthy and fit to be at work. 

Random audits will be completed by Supervisors/Managers to ensure compliance with self-screening and declaration.

Site leadership will be monitoring these audits carefully.  If there is increased COVID-19 activity, the number of random audits will increase to ensure we keep our Staff and Residents safe.

Self-Screening Tool

Staff to self-screen prior to going to work using the following questions and taking temperature, if possible.

Do you have any of the following symptoms:

       ☐    Fever (greater than 38°C) feverish or chills?

                    “New” onset of cough or increase in amount of coughing?

       ☐     Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing?

                    “New” onset of sore throat?

                    Sore muscles not related to over exertion or exercise?

                    Unusual headache?

Note:  This does not include symptoms related to chronic illness or seasonal allergies.

In the last 14 days, have you:

       ☐    Returned from travel outside of Manitoba, with the exception of travel outside of Manitoba to Western Canada, the territories and Ontario west of Terrace Bay?

       ☐       Had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, while not wearing recommended PPE and/or not practicing social distancing?

             ☐    Had laboratory exposure working directly with biological specimens that contain COVID-19 while not wearing recommended PPE?

                   Have you been diagnosed as COVID positive in the last 14 days?

 If you answered “no” to all of the above you may proceed to work.

 If you answered “yes” to any of the above, your screening result is positive and you must:

 Notify your manager (or designate) immediately.  He/she will advise you of next steps.

  • You may not be permitted to go into work today.
  • Self-isolate and maintain physical distancing from individuals within your home until advised otherwise.
  • UPDATED: June 29th, 2020