How Red Cross is responding to COVID-19 in Manitoba

Supporting First Nation communities

The Red Cross has developed strong, collaborative relations with First Nation communities in Manitoba. Since March 2020, Red Cross has been working alongside the communities as they prepare for the pandemic. Assistance has been provided at the request of First Nations including:

  • Supplies for isolation kits such as cots, blankets, pillows and hygiene kits, and would be used if communities had to set-up self-isolation centres for individuals who need to be separated temporarily from other members of their residence due to COVID-19.
  • Supplies for support workers in the communities to use in self-isolation centres. These supplies include gloves, paper towels, masks, antiseptic wipes, gowns, hand sanitizer, face cloths, bath towels and thermometers.
  • Support for First Nations community members impacted by COVID-19 who are unable to self-isolate in their communities, including lodging, transportation, food and other essential items.
  • Support to health responders and community leadership in a variety of areas, including training on personal protective equipment use and prevention of disease transmission education.
  • Expertise and support, as requested by First Nations leadership, supporting the work of the Manitoba First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Team.

Contact tracing

The Red Cross is working with the Government of Manitoba to provide contact tracing and other outreach to Manitobans impacted by COVID-19. The Red Cross team is supporting the province’s capacity by contacting individuals who have tested positive or come in contact with COVID-19 for daily check-ins. The team will also supplement the province by providing contact tracing support. The Red Cross team receives training from the provincial government to provide this support.

Assisting in long-term care homes

At the request of the provincial and federal governments, the Red Cross is supporting the needs of residents in long-term care homes dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks.
 
The Red Cross is working closely with partners to provide support to care homes, as identified by health authorities. This support may include providing additional personnel capacity within the home to assist with activities of daily living for residents, in addition to organizing and delivering personal protective equipment and prevention of disease transmission training.
 

How you can help

The Canadian Red Cross is prepared and ready to support Canadians now during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the spring and summer as we anticipate floods, wildfires and other disasters that will affect families and communities. The best way you can support our work is with a donation now to the Canadian Emergencies & COVID-19 Response Fund.

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