COVID-19 March 20, 2020 Update - New Resources Added - Red blood cell transfusion changes, triage process - HSC, Visitor handwashing posters, and more

COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

Public health officials advise the number of lab-confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases in Manitoba remains at 17 at this time.

The Province of Manitoba has declared a State of Emergency.

Information and resources are being regularly updated at the links below. Please review and share as appropriate with leadership, sites, physicians and partners in long term care.

New & Updated Information by section:

Latest Operational Updates:

Considerations for use of volunteers

Red blood cell transfusion practice change in response to shortages during COVID-19

Green phase advisory

Clinical Practice Change: Transfusion Stewardship – Red Blood Cells for Inpatients

Media Release Manitoba Government declares state of emergency to protect the public, reduce spread of COVID-19

Media bulletin #23


Resources for Staff and Sites:

Triage process for alternate points of entry – HSC Updated

Testing protocols for Primary Care Providers Updated

Checklist for clinics (Doctors Manitoba)

COVID-19 Highlights Quick Reference for Staff (Provincial) Updated

COVID-19 Highlights Quick Reference for Staff (Winnipeg sites) Updated

Provincial guidance for inpatient mental health units


Personal protective equipment resources

Clinical recommendations for use of PPE (Mask vs Respirator) 11″ x 17″poster



Attention visitors – wash hands English 8.5” x 11” other sizes also available

Social distancing precautions – English 12” x 20” also available in French and Mandarin

Phone, screen and mobile device disinfection English 8.5” x 11” also available in French


As always, up-to-date information is available at the following locations:

Information for the Public:

Information for Health Care Providers, Physicians & Staff


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