The Saskatchewan Health Authority is ending its outbreak declaration at the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital, made after an inpatient tested positive for COVID-19 April 30.
Dr. Khami Chokani, Medical Health Officer, has declared the outbreak over after not a single case was discovered either in patients or HCW related to the 10-day exposure period. Dr. Chokani says, “this is a definite testimony to diligent PPE use and good environmental maintenance by all the teams.”
The outbreak was declared at the hospital because of the duration of stay in the hospital a COVID-19 positive patient without knowledge of the patient’s condition. Staff who had been in close contact with the patient began self-isolating and were tested. Contact tracing and investigation was began immediately.
The health and safety of our patients and the employees who care for them is of utmost importance to the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Keeping the people we serve, our employees and physicians healthy and safe, is paramount to the work we do each and every day.
The public is reminded that during the COVID-19 outbreak, please take precautions to protect yourself, your families and everyone who lives in the community. COVID-19 is present in Saskatchewan and we all have a responsibility to minimize the spread of the disease.
Physical distancing is something that everyone needs to be doing all the time, every time, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
It is also important for everyone to follow the guidelines for hand washing, social distancing and self-isolating shared by provincial and municipal governments to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and protect our most vulnerable populations. Together we can make a positive difference in our community by reducing the spread.