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Visitor restrictions in place at two northern Saskatchewan health facilities

Saskatchewan Health Authority is limiting visits at Nipawin Hospital and Pineview Lodge Long-Term Care facility to compassionate care only.
Saskatchewan Health Authority is limiting visits at Nipawin Hospital and Pineview Lodge Long-Term Care facility to compassionate care only. File / Global News

Visitor restrictions are in place for two health-care facilities in northern Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) said they are taking this measure due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the northeast zone.

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SHA officials said until further notice, visits will be limited to compassionate care only at Nipawin Hospital and Pineview Lodge Long-Term Care facility.

Compassionate care includes, but is not limited to, family or support persons during end-of-life care, major surgery, intensive care/critical care or a care partner aiding in clinical care.

Visitors will be required to undergo a health screening prior to entering a facility, including a temperature check, and will be required to perform hand hygiene when entering and leaving a facility.

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They will also be required to wear a medical-grade mask.

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No other visitors will be allowed into either facility and SHA officials are encouraging people to visit virtually while restrictions are in place.

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