Keep up to date on COVID-19 information:

Have you recently travelled?

Manitobans are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel.
Self-isolation is recommended for the following groups for 14 days after departing the area, or since their last known contact or exposure.

  • All international travelers returning to Canada (including USA)
  • contacts of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • laboratory workers exposed during work

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, stay home (self-isolate) until well.


Online Self-Assessment Tool

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

Interlake-Eastern RHA's first COVID-19 community testing site
NOW OPEN

Interlake-Eastern RHA is opening its first drive-through COVID-19 community screening/testing site in Selkirk. It opened the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18 and adheres to the following hours:

COVID-19 Community Screening Site
622 Superior Avenue, Selkirk
Open 9 to 4 daily
Screening and testing at this site is ONLY for:

  • individuals experiencing upper respiratory cold or flu like symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, headache, sore throat, weakness) AND
  • who have traveled internationally in the past 14 days before onset of symptoms OR
  • those who have these symptoms and have had direct contact with individuals who have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 within 14 days before onset of illness OR
  • have these symptoms and have been exposed to laboratory samples known to contain COVID-19

Additional drive through community testing sites coming soon!

The staff at these sites will screen for individuals who specifically meet these criteria and will not administer testing if criteria are not met. There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 tests and limited resources to determine test results. Health care staff are being directed to test  only  people who meet the criteria outlined above.

What does "drive through" mean?
People with symptoms will be expected to remain in their cars unless directed otherwise. Testing typically requires a swab of the inside of the nose - this is a test that can be administered by a health care provider while an individual remains seated in their car.

Additional drive through community testing sites coming soon!
We are also planning for drive through screening sites in Pine Falls and Eriksdale that we anticipate will be operational by next week. More information will be provided as details are confirmed.
 
We are adopting restricted access to our hospitals and juxtaposed personal care homes
To better control the flow of traffic into our hospitals (and clinics and personal care homes where they are attached to a hospital), we are implementing single point of access for the public and we will have people screening at entrances to ensure anyone entering is not ill or meeting any of the criteria for exposure to COVID-19. This means that you and your residents will be required to answer some questions upon arrival at any of our hospitals.

You can expect to be screened if you are a:
  • visitor
  • out-patient
  • non-RHA courier
  • community transport driver
  • dialysis patient
  • cancer patient
  • volunteer

Hospital access points.

  • Ashern:    ED door and also the clinic door until 4:30 p.m.
  • Arborg:    ED door
  • Beausejour:   ED door
  • Eriksdale:   ED door (same as main entrance)
  • Gimli: Main door & ED door. But, after 4:00 p.m. – only ED door
  • Pinawa: Main entrance
  • Pine Falls: ED door
  • Stonewall: ED door
  • Teulon: Main entrance
  • Selkirk Regional Health Centre: Main entrance and ED door
Protecting Personal Care Home Residents

As per provincial recommendations made the morning of March 17, we are discontinuing all visitation to our personal care homes except in exceptional circumstances. This is in recognition that the majority of people in our personal care home are considered a high risk for experiencing complications related to infection with the virus. High risk groups include those:

  • 60 years and older
  • living with chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes, heart, renal or chronic lung conditions)
  • with weakened immune systems (e.g. cancer)
COVID-19 – Acute Care Facility Visitor Restrictions

Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, we are now implementing strict precautions to protect our patients.

Public health officials and health system leaders are implementing the following strict measures:

For all acute care facilities in Manitoba , visitor access is being immediately suspended. Visitor restrictions will take effect March 19 at 3:00pm.

Exceptions for compassionate reasons or end of life will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis but will adhere to vigilant screening.

At the discretion of individual facility managers, one (1) visitor may be permitted to the following areas following screening:
  • Obstetrics
  • NICU
  • PICU
  • Emergency Departments
  • CancerCare Manitoba will allow one person to accompany cancer patients.

For pediatric patients, one (1) parent/guardian may visit at a time.

The following individuals should NOT visit any health care facilities . Those who have:
  • Returned from international travel in the last 14 days,
  • Had close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case,
  • Had close contact with someone being tested for COVID-19 at this time,
  • Been instructed to self-isolate or self-monitor for 14 days,
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache),

Visitors will always be treated with compassion and understanding.

Visitor restrictions are in effect until further notice. Remember to wash your hands often, and stay informed of updates and all recommended precautions at  https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/

Information for Patients with Cancer or Kidney Disease:

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.

More information here:

For patients with kidney disease:

For patients with Cancer:

Facility Volunteer Teas CANCELLED:

In the best interest of volunteers, patients, clients and staff to abide by recommendations from the province on social distancing, senior leadership has decided to cancel the volunteer teas slated for regional facilities in April. IERHA recognizes the tremendous value volunteers deliver each day of each year.
Community Wellness Team | Toll Free 1-877-979-9355