March 25, 2020

RE: Update on COVID-19 #9

As of today March 25th, the number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba has increased to 35.

Social Distancing

 As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, all Manitobans have a role to play in slowing its spread and minimizing its impact on the health-care system and in communities.

All Manitobans are reminded to maintain a two metre distance between themselves and other members of the public when they are in public places, such as grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. It is used to reduce the spread of communicable diseases like COVID-19. Health officials in Manitoba already recommend some kinds of social distancing, such as self-isolation (keeping away from others) for people who are showing symptoms of respiratory illness. Other examples include school closures, changes at workplaces, and cancellation of public gatherings. In addition, public health officials are recommending the cancellation of gatherings of more than 50 people, consistent with the announcement made by the federal government.

Social distancing measures are used to reduce contact between people. This limits opportunities for transmission of diseases and can reduce the spread and impact of communicable illnesses, such as COVID-19.

In the case of COVID-19, social distancing measures are being considered for the following reasons:

  • COVID-19 can be spread through close contact (within two metres or six feet).
  • Unlike seasonal influenza, the time that a person can be infectious and transmit COVID-19 is much longer.
  • Individuals infected with COVID-19 may be able to transmit the virus before they start to show symptoms and take precautions like self-isolating.
  • Using social distancing can delay and minimize the peak in COVID-19 cases to help manage the impact on the health care system.

As per https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/socialdistancing/index.html

Please take into consideration that visiting out and having visitors increase the risk of transmission of infection. This includes sleep overs, birthday parties, children going out and having friends visit, Bingos, etc.

With a lot of information becoming available on-line, please keep in mind that some of it may be misleading therefore it is highly recommended you keep informed with the following links that are legitimate:

Friendly reminder to always wash your hands, cover your cough, avoid touching your face and practice social distancing.

On-call for Mental Health from March 26, 2020 to March 28, 2020 will be Marilyn Hart-Murdock. She can be reached at the Rainbow Wellness House 204-645-4995 or 204-302-0608.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tanya Kirkness, Nurse-in-Charge or Lana Harper at the Fisher River Health Centre at 204-645-2689.

The Fisher River Health Centre will continue providing regular updates regarding the COVID-19, also know as Corona Virus, as changes and updates are provided from Manitoba Health.

Respectfully,
Lynette McDonald
Director of Health
Fisher River Health Centre

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