Coronavirus: What MNU Members Should Know

Publish date: Monday, February 03, 2020

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Health and safety

MNU members

In late January, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China to be a global emergency. As of February 4, 2020, MNU has not been made aware of any confirmed cases of coronavirus in Manitoba, and the Manitoba Government has advised that the risk of getting the novel coronavirus in Manitoba remains low.


MNU is monitoring the situation. We advise members who may be at risk of exposure to familiarize themselves with relevant infection control policies and procedures provided by your employer. Further, be sure that you have been fit-tested for an N-95 mask within the last two years, and that you’re aware of how and where to access appropriate personal protective equipment should the need arise.

Employers have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their workers. Given that the clinical severity and transmission of the novel coronavirus is yet to be known, MNU believes employers should apply the precautionary principle and equip nurses with the necessary personal protective equipment to provide care to patients in as safe a manner as possible.

If you have any concerns regarding your employers’ level of preparedness, talk to your local president, union representative or MNU Labour Relations Officer.

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions has put together some resources on the coronavirus. For more information, please visit CFNU's website.

 

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