COVID-19 Information: Updates for Manitobans & health providers  •   Immunization: eligibility criteria

COVID-19 Updates

For the safety of your loved ones and our staff, we have implemented the following measures:

Designated entrances

  • 665 William Avenue (HSC Women’s Hospital)
  • 700 William Avenue (main entrance, Children’s and Adult Emergency)
  • 820 Sherbrook Street (HSC Children’s, Rehab, Dialysis drop-off and waiting area)
  • 771 Bannatyne Avenue (PsychHealth Centre)
  • 817 Bannatyne Avenue (Mental Health Crisis Response Centre)

Visitor guidelines

Visitors must wear a medical mask provided by HSC, pass the screening requirement, practice proper hand hygiene, and always maintain physical distancing.

Visits must occur during visiting hours: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and do not include “come and go” access.

Temporary restriction, effective April 1, 2022: Due to recent increases in the number of children with RSV related illnesses, children under 5 years of age are currently not permitted to visit in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Expanded visitation – Phase One

(Updated February 28, 2022)

As of March 1, 2022, designated caregivers and general visitors are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination upon entry to health-care facilities.

At HSC, the following changes take effect on Thursday, June 30:

  • Up to four General Visitors will be permitted in Green Zones. Up to two visitors will be permitted in the room at one time
  • Up to two designated caregivers may be permitted in Emergency Departments and for outpatient appointments
  • Up to four designated caregivers may permitted in pediatric acute areas (HSC Children’s Emergency Department), with two permitted at one time. One may remain overnight with the pediatric patient
  • Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the care team

At HSC, the following changes take effect on Tuesday, March 1:

  • Up to two General Visitors will be permitted in Green Zones. Up to one visitor will be permitted in the room at one time
  • Patient vaccination status (or roommate vaccination status) is also no longer a consideration when determining visitation
  • Essential Care Partners may be permitted in Emergency Departments and for outpatient appointments, if space permits
  • General Visitor access for Orange and Red Zone patients is not permitted
  • Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the care team

For details and exceptions, see:

Designated Caregiver

A Designated Caregiver is defined as those providing physical, psychological, and emotional support, as deemed important by the patient.

This can include:

  • support in decision making, care coordination and continuity of care
  • family members, close friends or other caregivers identified by the patient or substitute decision maker to provide support
  • cultural and spiritual support

General visitor

A visitor is defined as someone whose time with the patient is discretionary and short-term/temporary.

This can include:

  • visits that occur for purposes that are social in nature
  • individuals who are not involved in the care of the patient

Fully vaccinated individual

Fully vaccinated individuals are those who have received both doses (any combination) of an approved two dose COVID-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna), OR a single dose of an approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) with more than 14 days having passed since the second dose (or approved sole dose) was received.

Where vaccination status is a factor in consideration of expanded visitation, proof of vaccination will be required.

Exceptions

Visitation

For exceptions, see Designated Caregiver and Visitor Guidelines.

Masks

Masks continue to be required at HSC and a medical mask will be provided prior to entry. Exceptions exist for children under 5, those who cannot put on/remove them on their own, and those actively experiencing breathing difficulties.

Manitobans are reminded that there are no valid face mask medical exemption cards available in Manitoba. These cards will not be accepted at HSC.


Do your part: Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility

Enhanced screening

You will be asked questions about your symptoms, exposure, and travel history related to COVID-19 prior to being granted entry.

Keep your distance

Continue to stay 6 feet away from others, even if you’re wearing a mask and are fully vaccinated.

Wear a mask

A medical mask is required, even if you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. A mask will be provided prior to entry.

Exceptions for medical reasons will be considered with a note from your health care provider. Exemption cards from the internet are not accepted.

Keep your mask on for the entire duration of your visit, unless instructed otherwise by our staff to receive care.

Wash your hands

Use the hand sanitizer stations available everywhere on our campus to clean your hands.

Germs are everywhere and most are spread by hand contact or coughing and sneezing. Whether at home or in the hospital, proper hand hygiene is one of the single most important ways to stop the spread of infection. Protect yourself and others by covering your cough or sneeze with the bend of your arm or a paper tissue.

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