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WRHA PCH COVID-19 Status Update

January 21, 2022

The WRHA's long-term care program funds and oversees the operations of 39 long-term care facilities (LTCs), including 38 personal care homes (PCHs) and the St. Amant LTC 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.

Current status:

As of 9 am, Jan. 21, there were 32 LTCs with a declared active COVID-19 outbreak among Winnipeg's 39 LTC 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.

An outbreak may be declared over after one incubation period without any new cases following the isolation of the last case, which aligns with the guidance for acute-care facilities.

For a complete list of facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Measures underway:

Visitation

All social/general visits and social leaves at Personal Care Homes across Manitoba were suspended effective Dec. 31, 2021.

Relevant exceptions remain in effect. Designated Family Caregivers will continue to have access to facilities provided they pass all screening requirements.

Please contact individual PCHs directly for information on their current visitation procedures. For the provincewide guidance on visitation, please click here

Staffing

Staffing has been very challenged across the region over the past few weeks, and has been affected 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, along with the Provincial Long-Term Care Pandemic Plan, and to implement service delivery and staffing strategies to mitigate the risk.

We continue to monitor staffing closely. Processes are in place to redeploy staff from other WRHA service areas to PCHs, as required and available, to PCHs experiencing an outbreak. We are also working with the Provincial Recruitment and Redeployment Team (PRRT) to assist PCHs in need of extra staffing supports.

The PRRT supports staffing needs in facilities (not solely PCHs) across the province by deploying health care staff who have been recruited to work casually in a variety of roles. PCHs are encouraged to first submit requests for staffing support to the PRRT to access available casual staff support before seeking redeployment resources.

Within the WRHA, if PRRT resources are not available to meet the request, PCHs can submit their requests to the WRHA COVID Response Unit, and access staff who are redeployed from our Community Health teams (Home Care, Palliative Care, Primary Care) to PCH.

Staffing is a limited resource, particularly with current levels of COVID-19 in the community impacting health care workers. Where redeployment requests are not able to be fulfilled, our region works directly with the PCH to determine how best to support their needs and ensure ongoing safe resident care. 

On-site supports to PCHs and resident care

WRHA Infection Prevention and Control coordinators are providing support to sites in outbreak, and a WRHA clinical lead continues to be available to all homes as needed to provide a review of risks within the facility and suggest mitigation measures.

The majority of PCH residents in Winnipeg have received their booster (third) dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (93.1% of Winnipeg PCH residents, as of Jan. 19). Twenty-four deaths have been reported in association with the 32 current outbreaks. However, PCHs report that the majority of COVID-positive residents are experiencing mild symptoms.

Revisions to the provincewide Infection Prevention and Control guidance for Personal Care Homes were posted January 21, 2022. The WRHA will implement this guidance to help facilitate safe admissions to PCHs during an outbreak.

Infection Prevention and Control measures that are implemented at PCHs with declared outbreaks include:

  • Enhanced droplet/contact precautions
  • Active case finding
  • Specimen collection
  • Increased environmental cleaning
  • Education (e.g., hand hygiene, PPE, outbreak measures)
  • Restricted visitation
  • Additional signage used
  • Cease group activities
  • Dedicated equipment
  • Increased auditing (e.g., hand hygiene, PPE, etc)

Management and Oversight

The management teams of the WRHA long-term care program and of PCH sites experiencing an outbreak meet daily to share information, progress and challenges, and problem-solve in real time. PCH operators share site-specific observations and learnings to support the delivery of system-wide long-term care across the region.

Winnipeg LTC facilities currently experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks (as of Jan 21, 2022):

  • Actionmarguerite St. Boniface
  • Actionmarguerite St. Joseph
  • Actionmarguerite St. Vital
  • Beacon Hill Lodge
  • Bethania PCH
  • Calvary Place
  • Charleswood PCH
  • Concordia Place
  • Convalescent Home of Winnipeg
  • Deer Lodge Centre (LTC)
  • Donwood Manor
  • Fred Douglas Lodge
  • Golden Links Lodge
  • Golden West Centennial Lodge
  • Holy Family Home
  • Kildonan PCH
  • Lions PCH (Sherbrook Street)
  • Luther Home
  • Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg
  • Oakview Place
  • Park Manor
  • Pembina Place
  • Poseidon PCH
  • River East PCH
  • River Park Gardens
  • Riverview Health Centre (LTC)
  • St. Amant (LTC)
  • St. Norbert PCH
  • The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre
  • Tuxedo Villa
  • Vista Park Lodge
  • West Park Manor

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