Public health investigating outbreak at a personal care home: chief provincial health officer

By | April 2, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba health officials say they are investigating a respiratory outbreak at a personal care home after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday, Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial health officer announced that currently nine people at the Betel Personal Care Home in Gimli are showing symptoms of respiratory illness. He said the site has tested all symptomatic clients to determine the cause of the outbreak.

The care home has taken precautions to isolate affected patients and prevent the further spread, Roussin said, adding health officials will be monitoring the situation closely.

Lanette Siragusa, Chief Nursing Officer for Shared Health said there are several new cases at health care facilities involving staff, both at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg and at the Betel Care Home in Gimli.

Siragusa said 30 to 34 healthcare workers have been in contact with COVID-19 at HSC. All are now in self-isolation.

“These cases cause us all a great deal of concern, and we cannot emphasize enough the responsibility that all Manitobans have to do what we can to slow the spread of this virus,” Siragusa said.

She said health care workers at hospitals, long term care facilities, access centres, and COVID-19 testing sites will now begin wearing procedure masks and other personal protective equipment during all contact with patients.

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