On December 21, 2019 an outbreak of a novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected in Wuhan, China. As the situation continues to evolve, Health Authorities at international, national and local levels continue to monitor, gather information, assess risk and respond.  
At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians: 
  •  aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems 
  • with underlying medical conditions
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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.
What to do to reduce the risk 

  • 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.
Employers should prepare workplace measures to minimize the potential spread of illness.
For more information see:

Think ahead, plan and prepare for if COVID-19 becomes common in your community and/or if you or someone you provide care (e.g., children) for becomes sick. 
More information see: 
Social distancing strategies for all Manitobans

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.
Advice for Travelers and Contacts of COVID-19 Cases

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
International travelers who develop cold or flu-like symptoms (including a fever higher than 38 degrees Celsius or 100.4 Fahrenheit, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing) within 14 days of returning to Manitoba should contact Health Links-Info Santé before going to your local urgent care centre or emergency department (or call 911 if it is an emergency) to determine if testing for COVID-19 should be considered.  Be sure to advise health officials as to your travel and/or exposure history.  In cases where testing is not recommended, they should stay home (self-isolate) until they are well.

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 

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority now has three screening and testing sites operating for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and meet the criteria for testing.

Screening and Testing 

You MUST meet the criteria before you can be tested. 

1. You must be experiencing symptoms: 

symptoms range: 

  • MILD - fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat. 
  • Severe - shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. 
2. You need to fall into one of these criteria for testing: 
  • health-care workers; 
  • 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;
  • 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 
Please use the self-screening tools to determine if you are a candidate for testing: 
If you don't have symptoms of illness, you will not be tested.
Please stay in your vehicle, have your Manitoba Health card ready and you will be approached by a screening site worker to ensure eligibility for testing. 
Community Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Avenue 
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
Closed Friday April 10 
Please call to confirm hours in advance 
1-855-347-8500 ex 1 
Powerview-Pine Falls 
Ecole Powerview School, 33 Vincent Street, Powerview-Pine Falls 
Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Closed Friday April 10 
Please call to confirm hours in advance 
1-855-347-8500 ex 1 
622 Superior Avenue 
Everyday (including weekends) 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
please call to confirm hours in advance 
1-855-347-8500 ex 1
What does "drive through" mean?
People will be expected to remain in their cars unless directed otherwise. 

Resources and Printable Factsheets

Contacts and More Information 
It is very important to receive information from official sources as it will help stop the spread of misinformation. For accurate and up-to-date information please contact the following:
Health Links-Info Santé: 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257