Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority COVID-19 Information

Please check this link for information regarding COVID-19 release by the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (IERHA). 

IERHA COVID-19 Information

What to do if you have respiratory symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms range from mild (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat) to severe (shortness of breath, breathing difficulties).

If you are ill and have recently traveled internationally or, you are ill and have been in close contact (within two meters/six feet) with an ill person connected to the current outbreak, you should call Health Links - Info Santé at 1-888-315-9257 to provide advice on where to go to be assessed. If it is an emergency, call 911 before going to an emergency department or urgent care centre.

If you don't have symptoms of illness, you will not be tested.

Please visit this web page that has answers to frequently asked questions as well as other helpful information.

In order to determine if you should contact Health Links – Info Santé (204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257) or seek other medical advice, please visit the COIVD-19 Screening Tool - you will be asked to respond to a few questions.

How do I self-isolate?

Depending on a person’s exposure (i.e. contact with an ill person or recent travel) and/or symptoms of COVID-19, they may be advised to self-monitor for symptoms and/or self-isolate.

To self-monitor for symptoms means to record your temperature twice daily as well as monitor your general well being to see if/when other symptoms develop (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing).

To self-isolate means staying home and keeping away from other people. This means not attending all activities/gatherings outside of the home, including work, school, university, health care and long-term care facilities, faith-based facilities (e.g., churches, mosques, etc.), grocery stores, restaurants and shopping malls. Click here for a factsheet on self-isolation.

Fact sheet: Self-isolation

What do I do while waiting for my COVID-19 test results?

Help reduce risk of infection


Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs.

They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

-respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze

-close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands

-touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

-wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food

-use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

-when coughing or sneezing: cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand

dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards

-avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

-clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water):

  • toys
  • toilets
  • phones
  • electronics
  • door handles
  • bedside tables
  • television remotes

Wearing masks
If you are a healthy individual, the use of a mask is not recommended for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask when you are not ill may give a false sense of security. There is a potential risk of infection with improper mask use and disposal. They also need to be changed frequently.

However, your health care provider may recommend you wear a mask if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while you are seeking or waiting for care. In this instance, masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control measures. The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading you when you cough or sneeze.

What is Social Distancing (From:

Public health officials continue to recommend social distancing measures for all Manitobans including:
• cancelling or postponing any large-scale events (events with more than 250 attendees);
• minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between individuals in public;
• avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
• disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
• following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus; and
• avoiding all non-essential travel, as well as crowded places and events.