COVID-19 numbers confirmed at Country Meadows


By Banner Staff

There have been multiple updates regarding cases of COVID-19 in Neepawa. On Monday, Nov. 22, the Province’s COVID-19 bulletin confirmed five new facilities have been moved to Critical (Red) level on the Pandemic Response System. Two of those facilities were local, as outbreaks were declared at Country Meadows personal care home in Neepawa and Village View Lodge assisted living in Plumas. 

The Banner & Press has received a confirmation from Prairie Mountain Health on the exact number of cases within Country Meadows. 

An RHA representative indicated that as of Monday, Nov. 22, there were two positive cases confirmed, with one of those already recovered.

For the time being, Country Meadows will allow no admissions, congregate meals or group activities inside the PCH. Some resident wings also remain under quarantine.

The RHA spokesperson said, “Staff have done a tremendous job at monitoring and being extra cautious at the PCH since the Neepawa acute care outbreak was declared. Precautions were implemented as if Country Meadows was in outbreak for the protection of everyone on Nov. 7. However, we did officially declare an outbreak on Nov. 19.  There have been daily incident command team meetings with PMH leadership on sites everyday to support the staff.  The team at Country Meadows is to be commended on their work and dedication.”

An update regarding the numbers at Valley View Lodge in Plumas, which is under Southern Health-Santé Sud jurisdiction, is not yet confirmed.

An update on the Neepawa Health Centre

There is one other notable update from the Province, related to Neepawa as the number of active COVID-19 cases at the Health Centre has now dropped to five. There were 26 total previously confirmed, with 21 of those now listed as recovered as of Monday, Nov. 23. There have been no deaths due to the situation at the Health Centre.

The RHA spokesperson noted to the Banner & Press that at that point, the hospital contained to restrict general admissions, surgeries or maternity services. The representative also commended the staff at the Neepawa Health Centre for their tireless work and dedication.

Treena Slate, the regional lead acute care and chief nursing officer provided some new information to the Banner & Press. She stated that currently, the estimated date for surgeries and other services to resume on site has been slated for Nov. 29. That will, of course, depend on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, which is monitored on a daily basis. As such, services are subject to change. Shared Health lab services on site have remained open throughout.

As for the doctors, there were designated physicians who took turns managing the group of COVID-19 patients on site each day so they didn’t have to go back and forth to the clinic.