The Saskatchewan Health Authority is easing the visitor limitation in hospitals in Melfort, Tisdale and Nipawin and also at community long term care facilities including Pineview Lodge in Nipawin, Parkland Place in Melfort and New Market Place in Tisdale. The visitor limitation which were placed on July 29 because of COVID positive cases in the RM of Star City.
The decision was made by the Medical Health Officer, Dr. Mohammad Khan as there have been no new positive cases of COVID in the RM of Star City 28 days after the last positive case was reported. The incubation period of COVID virus is 14 days; usually 28 days or two incubation period time of COVID is considered a safe period before lifting restrictions.
The decision means that those facilities will now follow the same policy as others across the province:
SHA is encouraging all provincial residents to seek testing if you are experiencing symptoms and is reminding everyone that testing is available for anyone who currently works outside the home and is being admitted to acute care for more than 24 hours, including expectant mothers and individuals who are immunocompromised.
If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose or a loss of your sense of taste or smell, contact HealthLine 811, a nurse practitioner or your family physician for advice on whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
You can also take the online self-assessment at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.