Hospitals of Regina Foundation fundraising to help fight coronavirus

The Hospitals of Regina Foundation is raising money to support the needs of Saskatchewan hospitals during the pandemic.
The Hospitals of Regina Foundation is raising money to support the needs of Saskatchewan hospitals during the pandemic. Getty Images

The Hospitals of Regina Foundation is raising money to help fight the novel coronavirus and deal with the increasing demand on Saskatchewan’s health-care resources.

Money raised for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund will go towards supporting the needs of hospitals during the pandemic, in co-ordination with the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

In a press release, the foundation said Regina’s hospitals are facing “never before seen” challenges and it’s only just beginning.

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“During these difficult times, the foundation continues to carry out its work supporting our medical teams and our hospitals, which is becoming more critical by the day,” said Dino Sophocleous, HRF president and CEO.

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“Now, more than ever, our doctors, nurses and health care workers are counting on us to support them in their fight against COVID-19.”

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Since its inception in 1987, the HRF has raised $200 million to support the work of medical teams and patients in Regina and southern Saskatchewan.

To donate, visit the foundation’s website.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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