January 22nd, 2021

Care homes, hospital locked down in SW Sask.

By Collin Gallant on July 16, 2020.

Medicine Hat News

New restrictions for Cypress Regional Hospital and care homes in Southwest Saskatchewan have been imposed as health officials brace for an upswing in COVID-19 cases across the region.

New protocols to limit outside contact, restrict access and improve isolation at 19 locations in areas of southwest and west-central parts of the province will be put in place temporarily, according to a release from the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

They include facilities close the Alberta boundary in Maple Creek, Cabri, Eston, Gull Lake, Eastend, Mankota, Pontieux, Swift Current and Shaunavon, among other west-central locations, such as Biggar and Kinderlsey.  

Family members who undergo screening will only be allowed visitation for “compassionate reasons” described as end of life care, support for those facing major surgery or in intensive care, but all other in-building visitation is restricted.

Outdoor visitation will continue until further notice.

A complete list of the facility locations can be found here.

Health officials in Saskatchewan are bracing for a steep increases in COVID-19 cases in the southwest of the province,

A release late Wednesday warning of an “emergent situation” in the region and increased risk of transmission in a number of rural areas as well as the City of Swift Current.

“This overall increased level of COVID-19 activity means there is an increased risk of transmission to the public in this part of Saskatchewan,” read a release from the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

It also states that a number of new cases in the last week have been linked to various Hutterite colonies in region, while others have no obvious source of infection.

A list of business locations in and around Swift Current was published on Tuesday, with the recommendation that anyone who was at the locations during certain times self-monitor for symptoms. 

Additionally, 91 test results from contact tracing in the region and east-central Saskatchewan were expected on Thursday, with another 160 tests outstanding.

As of July 15, the areas listed as heightened risk included the RMs of Maple Creek, Lac Pelletier and Auverge in the southwest quadrant of the province.

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