On March 18, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan declared a State of Emergency that includes the following measure:
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) will be discontinuing all non-urgent/elective surgeries, procedures and diagnostics as of March 23. This action will allow the SHA the ability to redeploy nurses and other staff and ensure medical supplies and personal protective equipment are available when needed and reduce risk of further exposure to our care providers and patients.
The SHA will continue to provide services to patients who require emergent and urgent care. Cancer, urgent and emergent surgeries will continue as planned. Patients will be contacted regarding their scheduled service.
You can read the full State of the Emergency news release here.
Public Service Announcement: Visitor Restrictions at all SHA Facilities
March 18, 2020, 2:19 p.m.
Visitor Restrictions at all SHA Facilities
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is asking for the public's support and cooperation to contain the spread of the COVID-19 illness by following visiting restrictions now in place at all SHA facilities throughout Saskatchewan.
Visitors are NOT permitted in any Saskatchewan Health Authority operated hospitals, clinics, community and continuing care facilities, except for compassionate reasons.
Compassionate reasons may include immediate family during end-of-life care, family of patients prior to a major surgery or visitors aiding in clinical care (at the discretion of the patient's care provider). Please note that only immediate family can visit.
An individual is considered to be requiring compassionate care when he/she has a condition which has been diagnosed by a physician and primary care team as terminal, with life expectancy of weeks or months (usually not longer than 3 months).
Expectant mothers can plan to have one support person, such as a spouse or immediate family member, to accompany them during their labour and postpartum period. The support person must not have travelled internationally within the past 14 days or have any symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough or shortness of breath. As well, the support person must be asymptomatic of any other respiratory illness.
Patients and the permitted support person must wash their hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering and leaving the facility, the unit and the patient's room. The support person is prohibited from visiting any other patient rooms and should also restrict their presence inside the unit to the patient's room only.
These enhanced restrictions came into effect Monday, March 16, 2020, and are in place until further notice.
We acknowledge the importance of family support to both those who are healing within our hospitals and residents in long-term care homes. However, we are asking families and visitors for their co-operation in following these restrictions. We encourage families to consider virtual visiting through electronic applications such as FaceTime, Skype and WhatsApp.
Do not visit if you have a respiratory, gastric or flu-like symptoms (common cold/ diarrhea/ vomiting).
All community, foundation and other public and spiritual gatherings within any SHA-operated facility remain on hold effective immediately until further notice. Services provided by community volunteers who are 65 years of age or older, in non-essential service areas are also suspended.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.