The Saskatchewan Health Authority is setting limits on who can visit the Battlefords Union Hospital as COVID-19 cases increase the area.
Now, people will only be able to visit people in the hospital for compassionate care reasons. These include, but are not always limited to, end-of-life care, major surgery, intensive care or critical care, maternal or pediatrics cares, long-term care residents whose quality of life or care needs are unmet or those patients with specific challenges.
Family members or support people who are allowed in will have to undergo a health screening, which is a temperature check and questionnaire. From there, they will have to make sure they’re keeping hands extra clean, washing up when entering or leaving a patients room or the facility. Visitors will also have to wear medical-grade masks and additional PPE if needed, and cannot wait in lobbies or other common areas.
The SHA says the measures have not been taken lightly and have been designed to keep residents, patients and staff safe. They add that they will re-assess these rules in four weeks, and will be taken off when it’s determined that it’s safe to do so.
Public health officials are also warning of higher levels of transmission in the North Battleford area, and strongly encouraging people to continue following all public health guidelines.
These include physical distancing of two meters, frequent hand washing, limiting gathering sizes under the public health order and regularly monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms, and staying home if sick. People can also call HealthLine 811 for COVID-19 or testing information.