Increased COVID-19 in North Battleford: visitor limitations in place at BUH

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is alerting the public of a high level of community transmission of COVID-19 in North Battleford and area, and is strongly urging Saskatchewan residents to strictly adhere to all public health orders and measures, including:

·Keep 2 metres away from others when in public and wear a mask.

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·Limit gatherings and ensure gathering sizes do not exceed public health orders.

·Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

·Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth or mask with unwashed hands.

·Stay home if you are unwell; seek health care services when you require help.

·Regularly monitor your health for any COVID-19 symptoms.

In order to keep everyone in SHA facilities safe in the community during this time, family presence/visitation is being limited to compassionate reasons only effective Friday, Nov. 27 at Battlefords Union Hospital.

The decision to restrict family presence is not taken lightly. These measures, which will be re-assessed every four weeks, are in place to keep you, your loved ones, and health care workers safe. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is asking the public for their support and cooperation in order to contain the spread of the virus. 

Compassionate care reasons may include, but are not limited to, family or support persons during end-of-life care, major surgery, intensive care/critical care, maternal/pediatrics, long-term care residents whose quality of life or care needs are unmet or those inpatients and outpatients with specific challenges.

No other visitors are allowed into the specified facilities or homes at this time and these limitations 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 undergo a health screening prior to entering the facility or home. This includes a temperature check and questionnaire. The family member or support person will be required to perform hand hygiene (hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer) when entering and leaving the facility or home and when entering and leaving the patient's or resident's room. Family members and support people will be required to wear a medical grade mask while inside the facility or home and potentially additional personal protective equipment if required. Family members and support people are not permitted to wait in waiting rooms or other common areas.

Detailed information about family presence during COVID-19 can be found at saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

 

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