Multiple personal care homes in the Prairie Mountain Health region are relying on paramedics to support staff at sites dealing with outbreaks.

Both the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home (PCH) and Fairview PCH in Brandon have been getting assistance from Emergency Response Services paramedics as case numbers increase.

A spokesperson for Prairie Mountain Health confirmed paramedics have been providing staffing and resident care support at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home and Fairview PCH in Brandon —  performing “resident assessments, medication administration, IVs, provide care and assist the facility staff with additional tasks such as moving supplies/equipment and helping to move or feed residents.” 

There are currently 19 cases reported at Brandon’s Fairview PCH — 15 are among residents.

By The Numbers

At the Gilbert Plains PCH, the province’s data as of Monday, Nov. 23 shows 25 cases of COVID-19. Seven are among staff members and 18 are among residents. Four residents have died.

According to the province’s data, the Grandview PCH and Winnipegosis PCH each have 1 case at their facilities. No cases have been reported among residents.

An outbreak has been declared by the province at St. Paul’s PCH in Dauphin, but the province has not provided details on case numbers at this time.

On Friday, Nov. 20, the outbreaks at Swan Valley Health Centre and Swan Valley Lodge personal care home were declared over.

Of Manitoba’s 229 deaths due to COVID-19, 113 have occurred in care homes.