Today has been a tough day.
As of the writing of this blog post, Manitoba has 127 confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. There has been one death. There are four people in hospital and three of them are requiring intensive care.
Shared Health has just implemented increased screening for healthcare workers entering the hospital.
Emergency rooms have been directed to increase the precautions that staff take when assessing ALL patients with respiratory illness. This includes wearing protective gowns, gloves, eye protection and masks and changing them between each of these patients, even for brief encounters.
Undoubtedly, this is an effort to limit the spread amongst patients, healthcare workers and their families.
As a result of these heightened measures, The Minor Illness & Injury Clinic will no longer provide in-person assessments for ANY person who has signs of a respiratory illness, such as fever, sore throat, cough and shortness of breath. To be blunt, we just don’t have the necessary amount of personal protective equipment for our staff to keep our patients and our team members safe.
Starting on April 2, 2020 our team will be calling ALL patients who have booked online or by phone and screening them for signs of respiratory illness. If you are one of those patients, even if you have minor symptoms and signs of illness, like a slight cough or tickle in your throat, we beg of you to answer honestly.
With that said, we don’t plan on leaving people “out in the cold” when they have a cold.
Beginning April 2, 2020, we will be offering Virtual Visits to all patients with respiratory symptoms who would like one. These will be offered as long as our doctors are able to meet the demand. These can be done by telephone or by video conferencing. If the doctor thinks that a patient requires some additional evaluation, like an in-person assessment, X-ray, etc, then they can help to facilitate that at one of the local ERs and Urgent Care Centres.
To book a Virtual Appointment, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 431-222-2273.
Wishing all of you good health and patience during this difficult time.