The Saskatchewan Health Authority is easing the visitor restrictions it had put in place on July 8 at Victoria Hospital and long-term care homes in Prince Albert. The July 8 restrictions had limited visitors to family members or support people for compassionate reasons only.
With no new positive cases in more than 14 days, the SHA feels confident that we can resume the regular visitor restrictions under Family Presence Guidelines. We recognize how difficult this is for patients, residents and families but the decision to limit family presence is guided by the need to protect our patients, clients, residents, families and health care teams during this pandemic.
The SHA is committed to returning to an open family presence as soon as it is safe to do some and will be continually assessing the impact of these restrictions. Learn more about the Family Presence Guidelines here. We thank our community for remaining diligent and our health care teams for their work on contact tracing, testing and caring for our patients.
The public is reminded that during the COVID-19 pandemic it is important to continue to take precautions to protect yourself, your families and everyone who lives in the community. This includes physical distancing to maintain a 2-metre separation at all times, frequent hand washing, and self-isolating if you are sick.
It is also important to adhere to public health orders and municipal government guidelines, including limiting your social circles, travel restrictions and not attending large gatherings.
COVID-19 is still present in Saskatchewan and we all have a responsibility to minimize the spread of the disease. Together we can make a positive difference and keep our communities safe.