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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 information for the public

Outbreak Update

(November 23, 2020)

Today’s COVID-19 update includes:

  • There are no new patients or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 since our last update; leaving the total at 29 patients and 20 staff who have tested positive related to the outbreaks.
  • There are no new deaths to report, the total remains at 12 deaths attributed to the St. Boniface Hospital outbreaks.
  • As of today, the number of units classified as outbreak units has been reduced from two (E5 and E6) to zero.

“We care deeply for our patients, physicians, staff and volunteers. We continue to do everything we can to contain transmission and keep them and the public safe and healthy,” said Martine Bouchard, President & CEO. “We join our community in doing all that we can to contain the virus so that together we can see this through to the other side.”

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the ongoing protection of patients, staff and visitors, enhanced facility-wide measures continue to support Infection Prevention & Control directives include:

  • Monitoring of all common areas and breakrooms for adherence to occupancy limits, social distancing and PPE compliance.
  • Increased environmental cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces.
  • Updated signage and overhead page to ensure social distancing compliance.
  • Managerial presence to cover evening shift 7 days/week to support staff, increase auditing and respond to patient and family concerns.
  • Reducing movement of staff between COVID zones.
  • Specialty intervention teams in place to coach and support staff in adhering to Infection Prevention & Control measures such as PPE compliance, hand washing, social distancing, environmental cleaning, and implementing outbreak protocols.
  • Restricting patient movement on units, as much as possible.
  • Visitor restrictions with exceptions for end-of-life care, laboring women and NICU. Families are encouraged to meet their loved ones virtually.
  • Increase in Occupational Health & Safety staff to support contact tracing efforts.
  • Opening of Rapid Testing Site for St. Boniface Hospital Staff, Physicians and Residents.

St. Boniface Hospital remains open. Clinics and procedures continue unless advised otherwise.

Regular updates will be provided on this web page as the situation unfolds.


Suspension of non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics

(Updated: November 2, 2020)

Effective Monday, November 2, province wide changes will take effect to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Across hospitals in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region including at St. Boniface Hospital, non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics will be suspended until further notice.

Scheduled surgeries in a number of essential and time-sensitive areas will continue to be performed including cancer, cardiac and trauma. Patients will be contacted directly if their scheduled surgeries are affected.


Critical Care Overcapacity

(Update: October 29, 2020 at 7: 40 p.m.)

Our Intensive Care Medicine Surgery (ICMS) unit – where we care for our most critical patients – is now over capacity with all fourteen beds occupied. As this unit is full, we have had to admit a patient to the Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery (ICCS) unit.

ICCS is unable to take any further patients as staff have been furloughed (told to take a leave of absence) due to exposure from a patient.

At this point in time, more than half of the patients needing critical care are COVID-positive. We know that patients being treated for COVID-19 remain in intensive care for longer periods of time than other critical care patients. This puts additional pressure on our capacity.

Please note that we cannot expand our capacity without canceling further surgeries. Doing so would free up additional staff who could be deployed to treat ICU patients. While this matter is under consideration, we are mindful of the potential impacts on surgical patients most in need. We will continue to keep you advised.

In the meantime our regional partners, Health Sciences Centre (a tertiary care facility) and Grace Hospital (acute care) are working with us to create capacity to meet the surge in patients that will need critical care going forward. 

“We pause to thank our employees for dedicating themselves to the superior care they are providing under the most trying of circumstances,” said Martine Bouchard, St. Boniface Hospital President & CEO. “We also encourage every Manitoban to once again join the team in helping to flatten the curve. Together, we can make a huge difference in protecting our patients and staff alike.”


Mandatory Masks for visitors

(effective September 1, 2020)

To further support Manitoba’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, all visitors to St. Boniface Hospital will be asked to wear their own non-medical mask while on premises, beginning Tuesday, September 1.  Masks can be purchased at our Gift Shop or in Shoppers Drug Mart.  Some exemptions apply, for more details:


Designated Entry Points

(updated October 2020)

St. Boniface Hospital is restricting access to two (2) designated entry points in its main hospital building:

  • Everett Atrium (open 24 hours a day): All staff and patients (1 escort per patient under exceptional circumstances)
  • South Entrance (open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day): CancerCare patients and cardiac patients with appointments at the Bergen Cardiac Care Centre (Y2) ONLY

Please note that Emergency entrance remains open as usual for patients needing Emergency care.

Dialysis patients will be able to continue accessing the back entrance in C Block of the main hospital for their treatments as they currently do.

Patients and visitors

Patients and visitors arriving at the hospital for a scheduled appointment or procedure will be screened for symptoms and travel history.


Communication with Patients

Click here for information on communicating with patients in Winnipeg Intensive Care Units, including St. Boniface Hospital.

All Patient Care Units

We encourage you to use our Well Wishes Program to let your loved one know you are thinking about them.


St. Boniface Hospital

SBH Entrance

St. Boniface Hospital has been providing leadership in health care on behalf of Manitobans since it was first established by the Grey Nuns in 1871.

The Everett Atrium serves as the main entrance for St. Boniface Hospital, located at 409 Taché Avenue.

A public space, it includes the main Inquiry Desk, several retail services available to patients, visitors, and staff , and leads to the Buhler Gallery, an art gallery open to all.

We invite patients and visitors to ask the staff at the Main Information Desk for directions and wayfinding.


Help Us Reduce the Spread of Infections

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Hand hygiene is the #1 way to prevent the spread of infections. Hand sanitizers are conveniently located throughout the hospital… before entrances, on patient care units, and near elevators. Please use them!

  • Your doctors and nurses should practice hand hygiene every time they enter your room.
  • Clean your hands before eating, after using the restroom, and after touching surfaces in the hospital.