Increased COVID-19 risk in Rosthern & Wakaw leads to visitor limitations in care home and hospital

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Lakeview Pioneer Lodge is owned by several rural municipalities, including Wakaw, where the home is based. It is operated under contract to the Saskatchewan Health Authority.  (Submitted to CBC - image credit)
Lakeview Pioneer Lodge is owned by several rural municipalities, including Wakaw, where the home is based. It is operated under contract to the Saskatchewan Health Authority. (Submitted to CBC - image credit)

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is warning the public about an increased risk of COVID-19 in two towns northeast of Saskatoon.

Visitor limitations are in place in two SHA facilities in Rosthern and Wakaw, according to the public service announcement.

Family visitation is being restricted to Level 3, the most stringent pandemic restrictions, in both Rosthern Hospital and Lakeview Pioneer Lodge, a long term care home in Wakaw.

Level 3 means that one essential family member or other support person can be designated to help with care if needed, according to the SHA.

Saskatchewan Health Authority
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Outdoor visits might be an option, and two people might be able to visit a resident or patient under some circumstances, for example palliative care.

"The decision to restrict family presence is not taken lightly," said the SHA in the public service announcement.

"These measures are in place to keep you, your loved ones, and health care workers safe."

Saskatchewan Health Authority
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Visitor limitations rules are reviewed weekly, according to the SHA.

Due to the increased COVID-19 risk in both communities, the SHA "is strongly urging Saskatchewan residents, especially those who are unvaccinated" to practise physical distancing, wear a mask in public, limit gatherings, wash hands often or use sanitizer, avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth or mask with unwashed hands, stay at home when feeling unwell, as well as monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested.

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