WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says for the first time in over six months there are no longer any active cases of COVID-19 among residents of any of the city’s 39 long-term care homes.
The health authority notes that September 18 of last year was the last time none of the LTC facilities were reporting active COVID cases, and says they’re making the announcement with cautious optimism after a full week of their care home residents in the region being COVID-free.
The WRHA says, as of this week, they still consider four of the city’s LTC facilities to have COVID-19 outbreaks: Heritage Lodge, Lions PCH on Sherbrook St, Meadowood Manor, and Riverview. But that’s because two had at least one active case among staff, and two remain under active outbreak despite having no active cases because they can’t be declared over until 28 days after a resident is isolated or the last day that a staff member worked after testing positive.
In their weekly PCH update, the health authority credited vaccination efforts and the dedication of facility operators, managers, and staff in the sector. The celebration of success comes as the WRHA also declares outbreaks at Oakview Place and River East care homes resolved, and they've also cancelled an outbreak declaration at St. Amant after determining the case in question had already recovered.
Most personal care homes in Winnipeg have now held their third vaccination clinic according to the health authority. Nearly 4,900 care home residents have received both COVID-19 vaccine doses so far.