The Saskatchewan Health Authority has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at a personal care home in Herbert, Sask.
Dr. David Torr, a medical health officer, declared the outbreak on Thursday at the Prairie Wind Estate personal care home. The SHA said a person associated with this personal care home tested positive for COVID-19.
The SHA is conducting a public health investigation to contain any risk of further spread of the coronavirus and staff and residents will be tested. The SHA said to date, no one else at the home has symptoms.
Visitor restrictions are now in place at the care home while contact tracing is underway.
The SHA said the criteria for an outbreak varies by setting. At care homes, an outbreak is declared when one person tests positive — either a healthcare worker or a resident.
Visitor limitations in northeast region
The Saskatchewan Health Authority has also limited visitation in some places in the northeast, following an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Visitation is limited in the hospitals in Melfort, Tisdale and Nipawin, and in community long term care homes that include the Pineview Lodge in Nipawin, Parkland Place in Melfort and the New Market Place in Tisdale.
The SHA said family members or support people will only be permitted for compassionate reasons, which may include family support during end-of-life care, major surgery, intensive care or critical care.
The limitations will remain in place until further notice. The SHA pointed to virtual visiting as being an option for family members
The SHA is reminding people to follow public health measures and personal safety precautions to prevent the virus from spreading further.