November 18th, 2021 COVID-19 Update

18 November 2021

November 18, 2021

Dear Families,

We continue to have no cases of COVID-19 in our residents/patients or staff. The numbers of cases have been continuing to grow in Manitoba, so we all must remain vigilant with hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing, wearing PPE as provided, & staying away when even slightly ill.
We have met with our Infection Prevention & Control practitioners, and with an abundance of caution, we are making the following change. There will be a section of the cafeteria designated for family use between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. and again 1:30 and beyond. There will be signage and direction related to taking off your mask, and putting it back on after eating/drinking. This space will be available effective Nov. 19. This space is only for family/visitors and not for use by residents or patients at this time. We ask that you use this space instead of eating/drinking in the resident/patient’s room.

Mandatory Vaccination for Designated Family Caregivers and Essential Care Partners (DFC for residents of the personal care home and ECP for patients in our hospital): All DFCs and ECPs are required to be fully vaccinated to spend time in the resident’s/patient’s room. This new directive went into effect November 15th. You are now required to show your vaccination status at the screening desk each time you come to RHC. If you are not yet fully vaccinated (minimum of 2 weeks following your second dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine) or choose not to be vaccinated, you will need to book an appointment, a day ahead at minimum, at 204-478-6208, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and your visit will be booked in one of the two visitation shelters (PODs), specially designed for this purpose.
There is no change to end of life visiting at this time.
Visiting Reminder:
• Designated Family Caregivers/Essential Care Partners: visiting hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
o POD visits for non-fully vaccinated DFC & ECP will be booked as available
• General Visitors: visiting hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

General visitors, please continue to book an appointment, a day ahead at minimum, at 204-478-6208, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visits from children under 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination and those 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated are not allowed. Please remember to sign out at the end of your visit. Medical masks and eye protection will continue to be provided at the front entrance when you are screened and are required inside and outside. Due to physical distancing requirements, you are reminded that only 2 people along with the resident/patient can be accommodated in the resident’s/patient’s room or in the Pod.

Thank you for your attention to the guidelines and for your ongoing support.

Be well.
RHC Leadership