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March 9, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve worldwide with more countries reporting cases and an overall increase in case numbers. To date, no laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been identified in Manitoba.
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living is recommending the following:
If you or your child have symptoms of a respiratory illness (regardless of travel), even if mild, stay home until all symptoms are gone.
If you have upcoming travel plans consider the following:
Review the latest Government of Canada COVID-19 related travel advisories at travel.gc.ca
Consider deferring travel if non-essential.
Be aware that health care services may be limited in some areas, and travel restrictions, including quarantine, may be put in place with little notice.
After traveling, self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., 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 Santé for more information.
Winnipeg School Division has a pandemic plan which is initiated every year prior to flu season. This document outlines ways to prevent spread of illness, as well as a detailed plan as to how WSD would proceed in the event of a pandemic.
Information will be posted on winnipegsd.ca/parents as the situation evolves. We will also inform you via letter sent home with students or School Messenger if the circumstance warrants it.
Any closure of schools will be at the direction of the Minister of Education and the WSD Chief Superintendent in consultationwith MB Health. We will inform you immediately if this situation occurs.
It is necessary that we all work together to reduce the spread of germs and viruses. Here are some ways to do that:
- Wash hands: Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 15 seconds.
- Elbows: Cough or sneeze into the inside of the elbow.
- Eyes, nose, and mouth: Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs and viruses can transfer from thehands into the body in this way.
- Safety zone: Stay at least one metre from anyone who is sick.
- Please keep children who are sick at home. Do not send them to school. They should not be around other people until they are better.
If you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider. For more information, contact Health Links (204) 788-8200 or visit the Manitoba Health website: www.gov.mb.ca/health
Thank you for your cooperation.