COVID-19 Staff Update - May 8, 2020
Next daily update will be Monday, May 11, 2020
# of lab-confirmed and probable positive cases in Manitoba:  284
# of new cases today:  1
# of cases yesterday:  283
# of people currently hospitalized:   5 (no one in ICU)
# of active cases:  30
# of individuals recovered:  247
# of COVID-19 related deaths:  7
# of confirmed and probable cases in IERHA:  20
In the news:

  • As of yesterday, an additional 543 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 29,343. 

  • The government is lifting the one-month supply limit on prescription drugs. As of this Monday, those with prescriptions for long–term medications will be able to fill them as per their prescriber’s directions up to a three-month supply, if the drug is not affected by shortages. A working group has also been struck to monitor drug availability in the province. Limits were first imposed March 19 to minimize potential shortages and to prevent people from stockpiling medication.

  • Pharmacists Manitoba is asking clients to refill their medications appropriately including not refilling more than 10 days before their next scheduled refill, and not requesting quantities in excess of 100 days’ supply.

  • Manitobans who have experienced a significant change in their income can have their Manitoba Pharmacare Program deductible reviewed. To have deductibles reviewed, Manitobans can call 204-786-7141, 1-800-297-8099, or email Click here for the media release.

  • The Manitoba government today announced plans to purchase up to one million made-in-Manitoba N95 reusable silicone masks. The provincial government placed an order with Winnipeg–based Precision ADM for 500,000 of the masks, with an option to purchase an additional 500,000 masks over the next 14 months. The company was selected to finalize the design and produce it in Manitoba after receiving proposals from across the country. The cost is competitive with that of overseas producers. The masks are designed to meet the needs of front–line health–care workers who need reliable, comfortable protection. They can also be sterilized after use, allowing them to be reused up to 30 times. Click here for the media release.

  • On May 5, the government announced, the Seniors Economic Recovery Credit which will provide every Manitoban aged 65 and older with a one–time, refundable tax credit of $200.

  • The province's public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin urged Manitobans to continue practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene this Mother's Day weekend. Those who choose to gather should keep gatherings to under 10 people, only attend if not showing symptoms and gathering outdoors if possible. People with underlying medical conditions, over the age of 65 or immune-suppressed are advised to continue to stay home and only leave for essential reasons.

Read today's Media Bulletin #75
Happy Mother's Day

While traditionally Mother's Day involves large family gatherings and gift giving, this year may look a little different as we continue to practice social distancing.

Connecting virtually or visiting outside to maintain social distancing will make this a Mother's Day we won't soon forget.

Here's wishing you, and the mother's in your life, a Happy Mother's Day!

Reminder: P atient well wishes now online at IERHA

Just in time for Mother's Day and given visiting restrictions in place, friends and family members can send hospital patients messages from our Thinking of You web page thanks to support from our Health Information Services team around the region.
Mental Health Awareness Week
As we move into the final days of Mental Health Awareness Week, keep in mind that we are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19 in our own unique way. Dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 in the work place can be exhausting. 

Information overload, quickly changing processes, wearing personal protective equipment all day, ensuring you are practicing good hand hygiene and being diligent about sanitizing frequently touched areas, can definitely take their toll.

Take some time for yourself by checking in with how you are feeling. Have you had enough water today? Did you take time to eat your lunch? Do you need to move your body and go for a 15-minute walk break outside in the sunshine and fresh air?

These are not normal times, and we must listen to our bodies and our minds when they are telling us they need something. It is important to your mental health and wellbeing to practice checking in and offering yourself self-compassion the same way you would with your best friend. 

Be gentle with yourself. Offer yourself some kindness. Connect with what makes you happy and continue to do your best during these challenging times.
Let people know you're a proud health-care worker!

Visit  IERHA's Online Shop  (once you register, click on "Catalog" and the IERHA logo).
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Don't delay! Shop closure extended to Monday!
Regional screening/testing activity:
Every day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
622 Superior Ave.
Saturday, May 2
18 screened, 18 tested
Sunday, May 3
17 screened, 17 tested
Monday, May 4
28 screened, 28 tested
Tuesday, May 5
28 screened, 25 tested
Wednesday, May 6
21 screened, 20 tested
Thursday, May 7
21 screened, 19 tested
Friday, May 8
24 screened, 23 tested
Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
35 Railway Ave. (Wellness Cnt.)
  Closed Weekends
Monday, May 4
11 screened, 6 tested
Tuesday, May 5
3 screened, 3 tested
Wednesday, May 6
6 screened, 5 tested
Thursday, May 7
2 screened, 2 tested
Friday, May 8
5 screened, 4 tested
Powerview-Pine Falls
Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
33 Vincent St. (school gym)
Closed Weekends

Monday, May 4
7 screened, 4 tested
Tuesday, May 5
7 screened, 5 tested
Wednesday, May 6
4 screened, 4 tested
Thursday, May 7
0 screened, 0 tested
Friday, May 8
4 screened, 3 tested
All staff are advised to check the Shared Health page daily for information relevant to your delivery of care in these rapidly changing times of COVID-19. The following documents have been updated:

Clarified Definition of “Reliably Isolated Patients” UPDATED

COVID-19 Highlights – Long Term Care UPDATED

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – Case Investigation Form UPDATED

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – Case Investigation Form User Guide UPDATED  

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – Contact Investigation Form UPDATED

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – Contact Investigation Form User Guide UPDATED

Click here to view Shared Health's website.
Reminder of new hours of operation in effect

IERHA Occupational Health & Safety
Contact information for managers, supervisors and staff

Contact the Occupational Health Nurse regarding a staff member who requires COVID-19 screening, and follow-up. This email and toll-free phone number will be monitored daily;

Hours of operation:
Mon. - Fri. 0800-1800 hrs
Weekends 0800-1600 hrs

Phone: 1-844-940-1993

After hours, please call Health Links – Info Santé at 1-888-315-9257    

Looking for more answers?   Please read this   list of frequently asked questions   compiled by your Occupational Safety and Health team (Updated May 1, 2020).
Your Infection Prevention and Control Team
More information in regards to regional and provincial coronavirus response will be provided to you as it becomes available. If you have questions or concerns about Infection Prevention and Control processes and procedures, please don't hesitate to contact your site coordinator:

Amanda Preachuk, IP&C Coordinator
Phone (204) 785-4034 / Fax: (204) 785-4874
Sites of responsibility:
Ashern – Lakeshore Hospital & PCH
Eriksdale – E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital & PCH 
Selkirk Regional Health Centre

Kristin Stewart, IP&C Coordinator
Phone: (204) 485-1455 / Fax: (204) 785-4874
Sites of responsibility:
Gimli Hospital
Lac Du Bonnet PCH
Lundar PCH
Pine Falls Health Complex & Sunnywood PCH
Pinawa Hospital 
Stonewall Regional Health Centre & Rosewood PCH
Teulon – Hunter Memorial Hospital & Goodwin Lodge PCH

Shawna Ferenc, IP&C Coordinator
Phone: (204) 785-0700 / Fax: (204) 785-4874
Sites of responsibility:
Arborg – Arborg and Districts Health Centre and PCH
Beausejour - East Gate Lodge PCH and Beausejour Health Centre
Fisher Branch PCH
Hodgson/Berens  - Dialysis
Oakbank - Kin Place PCH
Red River, Tudor House & Betel PCH Resource
Whitemouth PCH

Patrice Lee
Clinical Team Manager and Infection, Prevention and Control
Stonewall Hospital
P: (204) 467-3386 / C: (204) 461-0421
IERHA now has a COVID-19 page on StaffNet and you can navigate to it via the QuickLinks on the left hand navigation.

The Province has established a publicly accessible coronavirus website that is updated reg ularly with information for the public and for care providers.

Shared Health has also established a coronavirus website with resources for staff.

How are you doing? Please review IERHA's award-winning Mental Health webpage to identify ways to support your mental health.