Effective 8:00 am this morning, October 19, services have resumed at Rosthern Hospital, including emergency and outpatient services.
The hospital was temporarily closed Sunday as the result of a COVID positive case and associated contact tracing and safety reviews underway. For a positive case of COVID-19, Public Health interviews the case to determine with whom they have had contact during their infectious period, and Infection Prevention Control and Occupational Health and Safety are immediately notified of all positive tests in SHA facilities and engaged to ensure all appropriate protocols are in place. The effect of these precautionary measures resulted in an impact on immediate staffing and the need to temporarily close the hospital.
On Sunday evening, risk assessments, including a review of personal protective equipment (PPE) use and cleaning protocols, were completed and it was determined staff were deemed safe to return to work. Patients are no longer being transferred out of the hospital, and all services can safely resume this morning.
The health and safety of our patients and the employees who care for them is of utmost importance to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). Keeping the people we serve, our employees and physicians healthy and safe, is paramount to the work we do each and every day. The SHA thanks everyone for their patience and understanding as we took these measures out of an abundance of caution within Rosthern Hospital to ensure patient and staff safety.
Everyone is reminded to 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