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COVID-19 for health-care staff

Latest information distributed to IERHA staff:

Click here to see the most recent information for ALL staff on COVID-19. 

Current screening criteria for COVID-19 testing as of March 26, 2020:

Public health officials are expanding testing criteria to include the following:
• Symptomatic (respiratory symptoms of any severity) health-care workers
• Symptomatic individuals (respiratory symptoms of any severity) who live or work in a remote or isolated community or congregate setting, such as a correctional facility, shelter, long- term care or residential facility, or a remote work camp

These recommendations are in addition to previous recommendations made by public health officials (March 23, 2020) that the following be tested for COVID-19:
Patients with respiratory (cold/flu) symptoms and who have:
• Had *exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 (*Exposure includes attendance at large group settings where someone has been confirmed to have COVID-19.); OR
• Travelled outside Manitoba, including travel within Canada, in the 14 days before onset of illness; OR
• Had lab exposure working with COVID-19 specimens

Managing staff and physician exposure to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in Manitoba, every preparation is underway and every precaution is being taken to ensure we are able to safely care for COVID-19 patients. Similar preparations are underway to manage situations where staff or physicians may themselves be exposed to – or test positive for - COVID-19.

Every positive COVID-19 test result prompts an immediate contact tracing investigation by Public Health. In situations involving health care workers, these investigations will also involve Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) if colleagues have been exposed and Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) if patients have been exposed.

Aggressive case identification and contact tracing has been shown in other jurisdictions to have an impact on the virus’ epidemiological curve. In the absence of being able to identify the exact point at which symptoms began, the 48 hour time frame will allow for broader investigation and identification of potential exposure.

Contact Tracing involves the following:
• A Public Health investigation begins immediately to determine the nature of the individual’s activities from a period up to 48 hours prior to the development of overt symptoms. This time-frame allows for a thorough examination of an individual’s activity even before they may have noticed symptoms or felt unwell;
• Potential points of contact – including family members, colleagues, patients, and locations frequented – are identified and steps taken to determine the potential exposure; 1/1
• In cases involving health care workers, OSH and IP&C are involved to determine the nature of the contact and whether precautions are required for colleagues (OSH) or patients (IP&C);
• Staff and physicians who are determined to have had possible significant exposure will be contacted by OSH, asked to self-isolate at home and to self-monitor for symptoms. OSH will only contact those at risk of exposure.

Staff and physicians that are not contacted by OSH and not given specific instruction to stay home should continue to come to work.

Staff and physicians contacted by OSH and told to self-isolate at home should notify their manager.

COVID-19 can be spread through close contact (within two metres or six feet) with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing. You can also get COVID-19 by touching objects contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose. Staff are reminded of the importance of proper hand hygiene and following routine practices and all other IP&C protocols.

Staff must stay home when sick, even if symptoms are mild. We all have a duty to protect our patients, our colleagues and our community. Please watch for the following: recent onset of fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose in addition to other symptoms such as muscle aches, fatigue, headache, diarrhea and vomiting. If you experience these symptoms, please self-isolate immediately and contact OSH or designate.

Contact info. for IERHA Occupational Health & Safety: 
Managers, Supervisors and Staff can use this email to 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 (including weekends) from 0800-2000 hours.


Phone: 1-844-940-1993

Schedule of dates for mock presentations of patients experiencing symptoms in IERHA facilities.

N95 Fit Testing Schedule

Staff and Physician Health and Wellness

Other important information is updated on the following sites:

Province of Manitoba - Coronavirus 

Shared Health - Provincial coronavirus resources for health care providers and staff

IP & C On-Call Schedule
            - March on-call COVID19
            - April on-call COVID19

Shared Health Memos & Signage

  • April 1, 2020 covid-19-staff-screening
  • April 1, 2020 covid-19-staff-triage-process-for-points-of-entry
  • March 27, 2020 covid-19-visitor-restrictions
  • March 23, 2020 attention-visitors-SIGN
  • March 23, 2020 covid-19-acute-care-visitor-restrictions
  • March 14, 2020 social distancing for staff, patients, visitors

     Shared Health Human Resources

    Acute Care Management

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