The YWCA says their contingency plan is in effect following a COVID-19 outbreak being declared in the facility.
The association says the public health investigation had determined the risk to short-term stay residents is low. However, Public Health is recommending anyone who as stayed at the building between October 4th to the 14th to self-monitor for symptoms.
A press release from the organization states the YWCA’s Shelter in Place Program, or SHIPP, operates from the third floor of the building, and is self-contained as participants access the building through a separate entrance.
Interactions with staff and clients outside the program are limited as well, and visitor access has been restricted as a result.
The YWCA says the SHIPP initiative was developed earlier this year to address concerns over COVID-19 and Thompson’s homeless residents.
The Thompson YWCA has been placed in the Critical category of the Province of Manitoba's pandemic response system earlier this week. Public Health staff from the Northern Health Region are conducting contact tracing, and are supervising staff and clients currently in isolation.
Additonally, MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee is asking anyone who stayed at the YWCA between Oct. 4-14 to notify staff at their nursing station.