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COVID-19 for health-care staff

Manager screening tool
Managing staff and physician exposure
OSH on-call support  
IPC on-call support
Fit testing schedule
Latest info on COVID-19
Other important links


Manager screening tool - Aug 20


Managing staff and physician exposure to COVID-19

OSH FAQs - October 2020

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.

Occupational Safety and Health Support


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 Monday - Friday, 0800-1600 hours.

Email: COVID-19OCCHEALTH@IERHA.CA

Phone: 1-844-940-1993

For general guidance, contact Health Links at 1-888-315-9257. 

Effective September 26, 2020:
The Occupational Health Nurse will be available on weekends and holidays from 0800h-2000h for on-call coverage for COVID-19 related issues and emergencies. Please call the COVID-19 Occupational Health Line at 1-844-940-1993.


Infection Prevention and Control Support 


Effective September 25, 2020:
On-call infection, prevention and control support will be related to COVID-19 situations that require urgent attention. This could include reviewing the need to discontinue isolation precautions for bed management purposes and patient contact tracing in the case of an exposure. Any non-urgent matters should be tended to during regular business hours.
The on-call hours will be Monday-Friday 1600-2200, Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays 1000-2200.
IPC coordinators will remain responsible for their assigned facilities.
Emails will be monitored until 2200.

IPC on call schedule - November (you may be taken to StaffNet and will need to login using your user name and regular login password)




Fit testing schedule - updated Aug 31

Latest information on COVID-19

Click for the IERHA update on COVID-19 - weekly site testing data from Eriksdale, Powerview-Pine-Falls and Eriksdale, recent updates and more 


Other important information is updated on the following sites:


Province of Manitoba - Coronavirus 

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

Click the links below or visit the navigation on the right for:

Shared Health Memos
Acute Care Management
Requisition and handouts
PPE
N95
PPE Videos
PPE Posters
Long Term Care
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