As a precautionary method, Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba Inc. has decided to close our offices temporarily, effective today(March 18 2020) at 4:30 p.m. All staff will be working remotely until further notice and our team will continue to deliver important services to our members while ensuring the safety of our staff, members and community.

If you require assistance, please call the office at 204-786-4753 and leave a message or contact us by email at info@scimanitoba.ca.

Please click here for information from the International Spinal Cord Society on the world’s resources on SCI and COVID issues.

COVID-19 Guidance for the SCI Community – 2020/03/19

People living with SCI often have breathing difficulties and/or impaired lung function. This information sheet has been prepared to help you know what to do during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Call your doctor before you visit to let them know you feel unwell and explain any other health concerns
  • Regularly clean all surfaces that you touch every day, including your phone and wheelchair parts (pushrims, joystick, armrests, brakes, tray, etc)
  • Prepare an emergency kit (a guide is available on our website at ca)

●      Keep on hand a cache of medical supplies to last a minimum of 30 days (catheters, gloves, lubricant, dressing supplies), as well as medications


Attendant Care

  • Ask all attendants to wash their hands thoroughly when they arrive, before and after they provide care, and before leaving
  • If an attendant is feeling unwell, you have the right to send them home but be aware that an alternate attendant may not be available
  • Have a back-up plan if your attendant is ill or does not show up
  • Be sure to wash your own hands after all care
  • Read this article from Public Health Ontario regarding caregivers:

publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-guide-isolation- caregivers.pdf?la=en


If you are Sick, or think you might have COVID-19

  • Isolate yourself at home if you develop respiratory symptoms
  • Call your local public health authority for advice
  • Read this article from the Globe and Mail for information on symptoms:



If you use a ventilator, CPAP, or cough assist device

  • Speak to your health care provider or respiratory therapist regarding what precautions you, your family and attendants should take in your home
  • Regularly clean your equipment and replace filters per your device manual
  • Ensure you have an adequate supply of filters and tubing
  • Check out this resource: canventottawa.ca


Stay informed

Check the advice from your local health authority regularly:  www.sharedhealthmb.ca

Spinal Cord Injury Manitoba: 204-786-4753 or toll-free within Manitoba 1-800-720-4933

Check the advice from your local provincial health authority every 24-48 hours:


Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
233A Main Street
Selkirk  MB  R1A 1S1
Phone; 204-785-4700  | 1-855-785-8500 / Fax: 204-482-4300

Northern Regional Health Authority
PO Box 130
84 Church Street
Flin Flon  MB  R8A 1M7
Phone: 204-687-1300 / Fax: 204-687-6405

Prairie Mountain Health
192-1st Avenue West
Box 579
Souris  MB  R0K 2C0
Phone: 204-483-5000 / 1-888-682-2253 / Fax: 204-483-5005

Southern Health-Santé Sud
180 Centennaire Drive
Southport MB  R0H 1N1
Phone: 204-428-2720 / 1-800-742-6509 / Fax: 204-428-2779

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
650 Main Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 1E2
Phone: 204-926-7000 / Fax: 204-926-7007


If you need to be admitted to hospital, this guide can help your health care providers manage issues related to your SCI:


Note and Disclaimer: This guidance was created by experts in the SCI Community on March 12 2020 in consultation with infectious disease specialists. This document is based on the best available evidence at the time of release. We can’t guarantee that the guidance is up to date or current as the pandemic is changing daily.

Covid19 Guidance Article from SPINAL CORD INJURY CANADA

By checking this Manitoba Government website link, you will have current up-to-date information on the Coronavirus:
More Information


On July 17, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment in recognition of the extraordinary expenses faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This payment of up to $600 will be automatically issued to persons with disabilities. Payments are expected to be issued beginning this Fall.

The payment information will be provided on the One-time payment to persons with disabilities web page once available:

Please Read the Below Link for Emergency Preparedness Guide

Emergency Preparedness for Disability

Hand Hygiene