In response to increasing COVID-19 cases in the Lloydminster area, the Saskatchewan Health Authority has brought local health facilities back to level one family presence and visitation restrictions.
These restrictions are the lowest of three tiers the SHA could put in place to combat COVID-19 in long term care facilities. They are currently in place at the Jubilee Home, Lloydminster Continuing Care Centre, Lloydminster Hospital and the Dr. Cook Extended Care Centre.
For both acute care and long term care, this means that two essential family or support persons will be allowed to visit, One person can be present at a time indoors, with no limit on people present during outdoor visits.
More than two essential family or support persons can be designated for patients in intensive care, end-of-life care, palliative care and in maternal, postpartum or pediatric units.
Support people can also still visit daily, provided it can be accommodated by the care team. These limitations will be reviewed weekly but will remain in place until it is safe to return to the previous level of family presence.
Family members and support people who are permitted must follow SHA guidelines for screening, personal protective equipment and physical distancing. The SHA adds they don’t make these measures lightly, but they are designed to protect people’s health.
Also to help mitigate COVID-19 in the community, the SHA asks people, especially those who remain unvaccinated to:
- Keep two metres away from others and wear a mask when in public.
- Limit gatherings.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth or mask with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are unwell; seek health care services when you need help.
- Regularly monitor your health for any COVID-19 symptoms and get tested.
People are also urged to continue getting vaccinated as a way to fight COVID-19.