Grandview hospital closes temporarily as staff sent to fight COVID-19 outbreak at care home

A western Manitoba hospital will temporarily close Thursday morning, as staff are pulled away to help fight a COVID-19 outbreak at a personal care home.

Hospital and emergency services at Grandview Health Centre will be suspended starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Prairie Mountain Health said in a statement Wednesday.

“The temporary suspension, in effect until further notice, is being implemented to support ongoing human resource needs at Grandview Personal Care Home … while the PCH remains in COVID outbreak status,” the health authority wrote in the statement.

“Staff from the Grandview Health Centre are being temporarily reassigned to the Grandview PCH to assist in providing care and support for the residents and their families.”

The personal care home in Grandview, about 290 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg near Dauphin, is on the red, or critical level on the province’s pandemic response scale due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

Two staff members and two non-staff members at the home had tested positive as of Nov. 24, provincial data shows.

People in Grandview and surrounding areas who need urgent or emergency care should call 911, Prairie Mountain Health said in its statement. Emergency response services will still be available and patients will be taken to the nearest open emergency department.

Patients who need health advice are encouraged to call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257.

“PMH sincerely appreciates the efforts and understanding of our staff, physicians, our Shared Health partners and the community as we go through this temporary service transition and work to keep staff and residents safe,” Prairie Mountain Health said.