January 13, 2022 COVID-19 Update

13 January 2022

Family Update January 13, 2022

COVID-19 Update:

  • There are 1228 new cases, 663 in Winnipeg
  • There are 36,087 active cases in Manitoba
  • Manitoba has a test positivity of 45%
  • This represents a significant undercount of the true number of cases, as all of the rapid testing are not counted in the totals
  • Please be careful – Practice all of the fundamentals – wear your mask, good hand hygiene, physical distancing, staying home if even slightly unwell, get your booster or your first or second dose of the vaccine- to protect yourself, your resident or patient family member, extended family and our staff
  • If you have tested positive for COVD-19, please phone and let the manager on your family members’ unit know so that we can take extra precautions
  • There is a new guideline for admission, discharge and transfer to/from units with a COVID-19 outbreak. Given the current and anticipated surge for hospital and LTC beds in the coming weeks, we will need to be flexible and open to admitting to all units regardless of outbreak status “as safely as possible”. When considering admission to an outbreak unit, we will consult with Infection Prevention & Control (IP&C) to review the specific situation. Dr. Embil and Regional IP&C are available for our site IP&C to consult for any issues or questions we have as a site. Managers will also connect with Senior Leadership when making the decision to admit to an outbreak unit or when being asked to admit a patient/resident with COVID-19.  A letter will be available shortly for us to provide to patients and residents and families on admission

Outbreak(s) at RHC:

  • We have a new positive COVID-19 case on CD3 in our PCH
    • In addition, we have 3 resident swabs pending and one staff positive
    • We are working closely with Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C), we have swabbed all of the residents on CD3 and are doing twice daily symptom monitoring. 
    • DFC visits are restricted for CD3 at this time
  • We have one new positive COVID-19 case on 3E our Palliative Care Unit
  • We continue to have one COVID-19 outbreak on 4NR -4West (declared Dec. 31st)
    • All 3 patients who are now recovered
    • No staff have tested positive related to this outbreak
    • With no changes, this outbreak should be over on Jan. 15th
  • We continue to have an RSV outbreak on CD4 (declared Dec. 10th)
    • 12 residents have recovered and we had one resident death related to this outbreak.
    • With no changes, this outbreak should be over on Jan. 16th
  • We are doing BID (twice a day) symptom monitoring because of close contact on a number of units throughout the building

Staffing:

  • We now have 57 staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 35 staff have been cleared to return to work
  • There continues to be new information regarding staff who are symptomatic, asymptomatic and directions for safe return to work.  We are following these directives and working closely with IP&C.
  • Pandemic Work Short Plan: Our Allied Health team are continuing to support with symptom monitoring and Team-Based Models of Care throughout the centre which has helped us to maintain baseline staffing levels.

PPE:

  • Mask and eye protection must be worn at all times while in a patient care area!  This means when visiting in-room, and coming and going from the entrance
  • Break rooms/cafeteria remain the highest risk environment.  Please ensure physical distancing and PPE removal for the minimum amount of time in the cafeteria– just while actually eating/drinking – and then replace promptly, with good hand hygiene

Vaccine Clinics:

  • Deer Lodge Centre has a vaccine clinic for staff on Jan. 20th, 2109 Portage Ave (use the main front entrance), Main Floor Visitation Room, 10:00-6:00, by appointment only, WRHA OESH 204-926-1018 or oesh@wrha.mb.ca

DFC/ECP Visitation:

  • In order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, we are limiting Designated Family Caregivers (DFC) and Essential Care Partners (ECP) to one each per resident/patient, at a time. 
  • Each resident/patient is allowed two DFC/ECP, only one is allowed for in-room visits at a time.
  • Two DFC/ECP in the room at one time are allowed for end of life visiting, with a total of four end of life visitors designated for each resident/patient.

Thank you all for your understanding as we navigate our way through this Omicron wave of the pandemic.

Be well.

RHC Leadership