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COVID-19 blame game solves nothing: Kindersley mayor after pool closure

A confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Kindersley Aquatic Centre has resulted in a temporary closure while the facility is cleaned as per SHA guidelines. Crezalyn Nerona Uratsuji / Getty Images

A southwest Saskatchewan town’s indoor swimming pool has been temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

The Town of Kindersley said a patron who was in the Kindersley Aquatic Centre 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from April 6 to 11 tested positive. The facility was closed on April 16 and is expected to reopen on April 26 after a thorough cleaning.

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Mayor Rod Perkins said quick action was taken last week and staff were directed to self-isolate.

“After we received the call that this person had been exposed or had COVID … (Saskatchewan Health Authority) gave us their specific guidelines, which we immediately (implemented),” he said on Wednesday.

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“We’re going to do deep clean before we reopen.”

Perkins said he was told through an unspecified person that there a lifeguard course held at the pool and one of the students, who were all from out of town, later tested positive.

“The advice I was given that one of the girls that was in the … course had been at that party (in the Maple Creek area) and subsequently came down with COVID, phoned our pool and said, ‘I’ve been diagnosed with COVID and I was in this course,’” Perkins said.

“It may not be 100 per cent accurate … That that was information I’ve been given. If it isn’t correct, my apologies to Maple Creek. That was what was said (to me).”

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Perkins said the virus is everywhere and admitted Kindersley doesn’t have a perfect record.

“It is what it is we … we closed down twice the town office too and we had one of our girls that got COVID a month and a half or two months ago, and they shut down for the same 10 days,” he said.

“It happens. I mean, this is a pandemic. It’s everywhere. Playing the blame game doesn’t really solve anything, I don’t think.

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“I think we’ve been pretty diligent in our community here and certainly from our council and administration. We’ve been asking people to be diligent for a year here. Our case count has not ever been horrible.”

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Perkins stressed vaccination and hailed the local clinic.

“Masking, social distancing and get your vaccines when you can … the only way you’re really going to beat this pandemic is by vaccination.

“I know we’ve had a clinic going here and it’s worked pretty well … we just got to keep forging ahead and hope the vaccines get here, that’s the main thing.”

There are no outbreaks declared in Kindersley as of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the provincial government’s website.

Kindersley is approximately 185 km southwest of Saskatoon.

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