Please be advised of the temporary closure of Alternate Level of Care (ALC) beds at Lanigan Hospital effective November 30, 2020 until further notice.
Due to active COVID-19 activity in the area, staffing challenges in Lanigan, and required redeployment of health care providers to other health services to support care, ALC beds will be temporarily closed at the facility effective November 30, 2020. ALC admissions have also been temporarily suspended. Lab and x-ray services are not affected.
Patients affected by the closure will be temporarily relocated to appropriate facilities in the area as beds become available.
In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1 or visit the emergency department in Humboldt, Watrous, or Wynyard. Non-urgent health related questions can be directed to the provincial HealthLine by calling 8-1-1.
With the recent surge in cases, the SHA is reminding the public that the primary factor in enabling the health system to meet the demand created by the COVID-19 virus is actions taken by Saskatchewan residents to stop the spread. Please help us by physical distancing, washing your hands regularly, limiting your bubble as much as possible, abiding by all public health orders and wearing a mask whenever you are in public indoor settings. At this time, it is essential for all residents to stay home if they are feeling even the mildest symptoms as an increasing number of cases are residents going to work when sick.
Recognize the symptoms: Stay home if you have symptoms and monitor yourself. Symptoms include: fever, cough, headache, muscle and/or joint aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, dizziness, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children), loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.
COVID-19 is in Saskatchewan: Protect yourself and your family at all times during the pandemic by following all public health orders and recommendations and ensuring you do your part to stop the spread. COVID-19 is transmitted through coughing and sneezing (droplet transmission), and by touching surfaces with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. Every day we are learning more about COVID-19 and other ways it may be transmitted.
Get tested: Learn more about testing and take the online self-assessment at Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 to determine if you need to get tested. Testing is universally available to anyone who requests it, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. Please note that in accordance with the latest expert advice on COVID-19, testing for symptomatic people may be delayed until their symptoms have been present for 48 hours to minimize the number of false negative tests. Call HealthLine 811 or your physician for a referral.
Care for yourself and others: Remember, anyone at any age can contract COVID-19, so be kind to each other and follow the recommended practices.
COVID-19 Alert APP: The Health Canada COVID Alert app is available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app store. The app is another tool available to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by letting people know of possible exposures without sharing any personal information. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Apps webpage.