Glenboro Emergency Preparedness Committee
The Glenboro Emergency Preparedness Committee would like to share some pertinent information with our residents about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Some of it you will no doubt be aware of and some of it maybe not as much. At the time of writing this article this is the current information, as per Manitoba Health, that residents may find useful.
SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INCLUDE:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath and breathing difficulty
Some DO’S and DON’TS:
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 15 seconds and dry them thoroughly. This is especially important after a cough or sneeze, when caring for a sick person, before, during, and after food preparation, before eating, after toilet use and when your hands are visibly dirty.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing, using a tissue or the sleeve of your elbow. Immediately wash hands afterwards.
- Minimize prolonged contact (10 minutes or more), with other people in public. Try whenever possible to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres or 6 feet in these situations.
- Disinfect frequently used surfaces.
- Avoid travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are a senior or have underlying medical conditions.
- HeathLinks-Info Sante is a Manitoba website that provides information and direction pertaining to the virus. However, AT THIS TIME, (because this situation is evolving) the only people who should be phoning HealthLinks-Info Sante are those having signs or symptoms listed previously, AND IN ADDITION:
- Have travelled internationally within 14 days prior to onset of illness, OR
- Have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, (public health will notify these people), OR
- Have been exposed to laboratory specimens of persons who may have been infected with COVID-19.
If any of these conditions applies to you, then you should call HealthLinks-Info Sante at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. They will give you direction as to next steps. Please stay home and self-isolate until you speak with someone.
- If you are uncertain about whether you may require testing, or need more information, a basic COVID-19 self-screening tool can be found at this website: ca/covid19
- If you have been directed to self-isolate or have chosen to self-isolate, please stay at home for the full 14 days, to lower the chance of spreading the illness to other people.
- If during that time you develop shortness of breath or breathing difficulty phone the hospital emergency department and advise them of this so they can expect you and make the necessary arrangements to ensure that everyone is safe. You may have to travel to another site depending on who is on call.
- If you feel it is an emergency, call 911.
- For further information, this is a reputable website: