- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions
Symptoms range from mild (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat) to severe (shortness of breath, breathing difficulties). Older people and those living with chronic health conditions appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.
- practice good hand hygiene which includes regular handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds or you can use an alcohol-based hand cleanser if your hands are not visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean your hands after coughing or sneezing, when caring for a sick person, when preparing food, before eating, after toilet use, when hands are visibly dirty
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the garbage immediately and wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand cleanser
- avoid close contact (within 2 meters/6 feet) with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing
- if you have symptoms of a respiratory illness (regardless of travel), even if mild, stay home until your symptoms are gone
- children and adolescents should avoid sharing food/drinks (e.g. sippy cups and water bottles), musical instruments or other things that have been in a person’s mouth (e.g. soothers)
- if you have upcoming travel plans consider the following – review the latest Government of Canada COVID-19 related travel advisories, consider deferring travel if non-essential, be aware that health care services may be limited in some arears and travel restrictions including quarantine (may be put in place with little notice), after travelling self monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties) for 14 days after your return. Should you develop COVID-19 symptoms self-isolate immediately and call Health Links-Info Sante for more information.
Transmission of COVID-19 occurs most commonly through close contact (within two meters/six feet) with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing. It can also spread by touching objects and surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose. To help discontinue the spread of COVID-19, Manitobans are advised:
- Do not engage in contact with others for more than 10 minutes and stay more than two metres apart while in public;
- avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
- disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
- following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus; and
- considering avoiding travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk.
Self-isolation is recommended for the following groups for 14 days after departing the area, or since their last known contact or exposure.
- ALL international travelers returning to Canada (including USA)
- contacts of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
- laboratory workers exposed during work
Health Links- Info Santé
Health links-Info Santé provided an online self-assessment tool on their website to help Manitobans determine if they should contact Health-Links-Info Santé or seek other medical advice.
204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 Hours: 24/7/365
Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority - COVID-19 Community Screening/Testing Sites
Public health officials are expanding testing criteria to include the following groups of people at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and who are showing respiratory symptoms:
- health-care workers; and
- individuals who live/work in a remote or isolated community or a group setting, such as a correctional facility, shelter, long-term care or residential facility, or a remote work camp.
- people who are ill and have recently returned (in the last 14 days) from travel outside Manitoba OR
- who are ill and have had direct contact with individuals who have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 within 14 days before onset of illness
- Online Screening Tool
- Phone: 1-877-308-9038