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SHA notes increased COVID-19 transmission in Turtleford, St.Walburg

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is advising residents about increased COVID-19 exposure in the Turtleford and St. Walburg areas.

As a result, some visitation limits have been put in at Turtleford Hospital, effective Thursday, December 17th at 8:00 AM. After that time, people will only be able to visit for compassionate care reasons, which can include but are not limited to, end of life care, major surgery or intensive care, maternal and paediatric care and inpatients and outpatients with specific challenges or needs that are being unmet.

When someone arrives, they will undergo a health screening and temperature check, need to wear a medical-grade mask at all times and extra PPE when needed, wash up when leaving and entering the facility or a patient’s room. Supporters or families will not be allowed to wait in common areas.

The measures at the Turtleford Hospital are in effect for the next four weeks, after which they will be reassessed by public health.

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While there have not been restrictions announced in St Walburg, the SHA is noting that there may have been increased exposure at the St. Walburg Inn​ Bar on December 7, 2​​020 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and December 9, 20​20 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

People there during these times must immediately self-isolate and call HealthLine 811, their physician or nurse practitioner to arrange for testing if symptomatic.

In both of these instances, people are reminded to continue following health tips such as physical distancing, frequent handwashing, masking in all indoor spaces and regularly monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

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