COVID Update: A Reminder To Remain Vigilant

March 2021

Every day, you touch things – dirty things – and by the time you reach for the door handle to enter your place of work, your grocery store or other essential destinations, or just back at home again, you arrive with up to 10 million bacteria on your fingertips. Even if you wear gloves or mitts – your hands are still likely dirty.  Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection.

Always keep in mind how you are feeling before heading out.  If you are starting to feel unwell or unsure of any symptoms that have come on, you can always take the COVID 19 self-screening tool on line here and COVID symptoms can be found here.

If heading out and about, remember to sanitize your hands at entry points and remain vigilant with hand hygiene throughout the day.

Manitobans are encouraged to travel only if essential and be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, remember to follow the current public health orders regarding households and gatherings. Some changes are going into effect March 5, and of course, the public health orders are subject to change with not much notice. More information can be found here.

Public health officials are also advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. Information on self-isolation, including exceptions can be found on line.  

COVID Vaccinations:  Appointments and Eligibility Criteria 
Appointments continue to be available for eligible Manitobans in the Winnipeg and Brandon immunization super sites. More super sites across the province are also starting to operationalize.  Eligibility requirements continue to be updated on an almost weekly basis.

Manitobans should check the complete criteria here to determine if they are eligible to make an appointment. If eligible, please call (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).   Everyone who calls is screened to ensure they meet current eligibility criteria before booking an appointment.

The vaccination calculator also lets Manitobans see where they are in the priority line, based on their age, vaccine uptake and other factors. The calculator and more information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available here.

COVID Testing

PMH has several designated locations where clients can attend to get tested for COVID-19. However, most sites require an appointment.  To review the locations, regular hours of operation, and appointment booking information, check here.

A reminder, that as always, if you are unwell (with shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) or your symptoms worsen, please go to your nearest Emergency Department.  If you have questions about your health status, please call Health Links-Info Santé at 1-888-315-9257.