COVID-19 Update – March 16

Situation update:

As of noon today, no new cases have been identified by provincial authorities. A total of 7 cases in Manitoba are now all lab-confirmed that were described by officials as “contained” travel-related cases. Public health officials reminded Manitobans that it is recommended to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. Travellers returning from international destinations will be asked to self-isolate and self-monitor for 14 days. They also confirmed restrictions on visiting health facilities, including a limit of one visitor at a time per patient and denying access to those visiting patients who have returned from international travel in the last 14 days or have cold- or flu-like symptoms. You can view today’s provincial bulletin for more information.

New Rural Testing Centres:

A COVID-19 testing centre opened today in Thompson at the Plaza Mall. Provincial officials are planning to open more across rural Manitoba, beginning as early as tomorrow in Flin Flon and The Pas. There are four clinics already opened in Winnipeg. Patients across Manitoba should call Health Links at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 first to assess their need for testing. Health Links has had long waits, but additional staff have been brought in and nursing students are also being added to help out to meet growing call volumes.

Call for Help:

Physicians are reminded about a call for doctors to help staff the screening clinics and possibly other health system needs in ER, urgent care and inpatient areas. If you haven’t already, submit your name today.
Coping with Uncertainty: a webinar will be held tomorrow at 10:00am with the Physician and Family Support Program about coping with uncertainty about the coronavirus. You can register now to watch it live, or a recording will be available after for viewing at your convenience. A reminder that your physician health and wellness resources are always available to support you.

Virtual Care:

A reminder that Doctors Manitoba and provincial authorities have agreed to new tariffs to support you in providing virtual patient visits during the pandemic. You should review yesterday’s message for more information.

Please see our earlier COVID-19 updates for additional information and see our COVID-19 resources page for links to helpful resources from Shared Health, Manitoba Health and others.

If you have any concerns or issues, please contact us at covid19@doctorsmanitoba.ca