WRHA PCH COVID-19 Status Update
December 29, 2021
The WRHA’s long-term care program funds and oversees the operations of 39 long-term care facilities, including 38 personal care homes (PCHs) and the St. Amant health care facility, in the Winnipeg health region.
The WRHA has implemented and is managing a comprehensive system-wide approach to protect and care for residents and staff at Winnipeg PCH facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks. This involves coordination with WRHA clinical management, PCH management and staff, regional programs, and community partners.
As of 2 pm, Dec. 29, there were five PCHs with a declared active COVID-19 outbreak among Winnipeg’s 39 long-term care facilities.
For COVID-19, an outbreak is defined and declared with a total of two cases (staff, resident, visitor), epi-linked within 14 days of each other, and where at least one could have been acquired in the long-term care site.
For a complete list of facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Staffing has become a challenge across the region over the past two weeks, and has been affected in recent days by staff sick calls as the Omicron variant spreads through our community, including to PCH staff who have tested positive for COVID or are isolating as a close contact or while awaiting test results.
PCHs have been advised to review their pandemic staffing plans and to implement service delivery and staffing strategies to mitigate the risk. We continue to monitor staffing closely. Processes are in place currently to ensure staffing assistance is available to PCHs if required, including to any PCH experiencing an outbreak.
On-site supports to PCHs and resident care
A WRHA Infection Prevention and Control coordinator has provided support to sites in outbreak, while a WRHA clinical lead has been working daily with West Park Manor, and continues to be available to all homes as needed.
Management and Oversight
Regular situational update calls with the management teams of all PCHs and the WRHA long-term care program are occurring to share information, progress and challenges in real-time.
Winnipeg PCHs currently experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks (as of Dec 29, 2021):
- ActionMarguerite Saint-Boniface
- Beacon Hill Lodge
- Fred Douglas Lodge
- Heritage Lodge PCH
- West Park Manor