COVID-19 Update – March 31

March 31:

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Situation Update

The province announced 7 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in Manitoba to 103. Three individuals are hospitalized, including two in ICU. Four individuals are listed as recovered. Cadham Lab has now completed over 8,900 tests

The provincial government announced that K-12 classes are suspended indefinitely for this school year to help flatten the curve. They could reopen this year if it is determined safe to do so by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. If you need child care help because of this change, please check our info on child care help for physicians.

Provincial officials made the unusual move today to disclose that a staff member who worked in Selkirk ER and medicine wards between March 19 and 23 has tested positive. Health officials are following up with any close contacts and released specific dates and times to help with identifying close contacts.

Review the provincial release to learn more about how the suspension of classes will impact students. The daily provincial bulletin includes the current provincial situation and further details on the Selkirk Regional Health Centre staff person.

Other Updates

A few other items to help keep you up-to-date:

  • We have added links to virtual care resources from the CMA and the CFPC. See them under Other Resources and check out Doctors Manitoba’s resources while you’re there.
  • Officials have discouraged travel to cottages and cabins for a number of reasons. The travel is likely not essential and can impact year-round residents in these small communities who rely on limited food supplies, health services and other critical resources during the off-season.

The Burnout Myth for Doctors

When we think of burnout, we often think of long hours. But during the pandemic, physicians and other high-powered professionals are especially at risk of another cause of burnout: decision fatigue. You face more decisions about patient care and you have to cognitively process new and changing care protocols and safety precautions on a near daily basis. Layer on top the increasing decisions you face outside of work, from how to help your kids learn at home to getting food and other essentials for your family. Whether you call it called decision fatigue or moral fatigue, you are facing multiple new decisions every day that have a cumulative effect.

Recognizing burnout and decision fatigue is not easy, especially for physicians who are used to working in a high-stress professional setting. It can sneak up on you. Take a look at our guide for physicians on staying well during the pandemic. Find the ways of coping that work for you, recognizing that you may need to come up with creative workarounds to some of your familiar methods to recharge that simply may not be an option with current public health advice.