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Omicron outbreaks in Virden PCH, Melita Health Centre

PMH had a plan in place to handle the Covid outbreak in Virden, which was declared on Feb. 14, 2022.
One of several donations during COVID-19 when in Oct. 2020 the Sherwood Care Home residents received an iPad from Brandon Rotary Club members to help them stay in touch with family during the early lockdowns.

The COVID-19 bulletin #568 issued on Monday, Feb. 14 indicated there were outbreaks at Virden’s personal care homes and within Melita Health Centre.

As the swift-moving Omicron variant dominates the viral landscape the COVID-19 case reports can change quickly. The graph found on the COVID-19 Data Hub | Data MB ( indicates the case numbers are trending sharply downward. However, there are outbreaks in the Virden / Melita area.

Details have been released from Prairie Mountain Health as of Thursday, in response to the Empire-Advance query.

The Melita Health Centre outbreak, declared on Feb. 14, involves hospital patients at the site.

A spokesperson from PMH relates this news: “The Sherwood personal care home (Virden) outbreak was declared on Feb. 15, 2022. This outbreak does have positive care home residents as well as residents who have been identified as close contacts of positive residents.” 

“The affected residents are in isolation.

“To have a better continuity of care to the positive residents, they have been moved to Westman nursing home (Virden) which also remains in outbreak and has an established Covid unit for positive residents.

“Residents who are close contacts and all other residents will remain at Sherwood PCH.”

According to the dashboard ( updated on Feb. 16, specific to the Prairie Mountain Health region, PMH has had a total 12,392 cases. There were 71 new cases, 66 active hospitalizations as of Wednesday, with a total COVID-19 hospitalization of 87. Active cases within ICU were two, for a total of three cases in ICU.


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