Coronavirus: Visitor access restricted in 21 long-term care homes in rural Saskatchewan

Visitor access is being restricted in 21 long-term care homes in rural Saskatchewan due to an increased risk of COVID-19, say health officials. File / Global News

Due to the coronavirus outbreaks in rural parts of the province, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is restricting visitor access to a Swift Current hospital and long-term care homes in areas where there’s an increased risk of COVID-19.

Visitation has been temporarily restricted at Cypress Regional Hospital and at long-term care homes in southwest and west-central Saskatchewan, says the health authority.

Read more: SHA warns of increased risk of coronavirus cases, transmission in Saskatchewan

The SHA says visitation will be restricted to outdoor visits and end-of-life care in the following locations:

  • Bi​ggar
  • Ca​bri
  • Eastend
  • Elr​ose
  • Est​​on
  • Foa​​​m Lake
  • Grav​​elbourg
  • Gull L​​ake
  • Ker​robert
  • Kinder​​​sley
  • Laflec​​he
  • Lesto​ck
  • Man​kota
  • Maple C​​​reek
  • Meado​​ws in Swift Current
  • Pont​​eix
  • Ray​more
  • Rose​town
  • Shaun​​avon
  • Theod​​ore
  • Wyn​​​yard

At Cypress Reg​ional Hospital, family members or support people will only be permitted for compassionate reasons.

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“No other visitors are allowed into the facilities at this time and these enhanced restrictions will remain in place at Cypress Regional Hospital until further notice,” the SHA said in a press release.

Read more: Public health alert issued for possible coronavirus exposure at Swift Current businesses

Family members and support people who have been granted access to the homes will have to undergo a health screening prior to entering the facility.

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This will include a temperature check and questionnaire. Visitors will have to wash their hands when entering the facility and the patient or resident’s room.

Visitors will also be required to wear a medical-grade mask while inside.

According to the SHA, the risk of coronavirus transmission in the southwest and west-central areas of the province is on the rise.

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