Hospital in Rosthern, Sask., forced to close because of COVID-19 case

Saskatchewan officials say a hospital north of Saskatoon is temporarily closing due to a COVID-19 case.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority says Rosthern Hospital closed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and will remain closed until further notice while contact tracing takes place.

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The Saskatoon Health Region says the hospital is an acute-care facility with 30 beds and a staff of 60 employees, including six physicians.

Emergency services and all outpatient services are now suspended as a result of the closure.

The SHA announcement says that in the event of an emergency, people should call 911 and an ambulance will be sent.

No further details about the COVID-19 case were released and the SHA said it would not provide any further information on Sunday.

It says that as a result of some measures taken so far, given the impact on staffing, a number of patients have been cleared to be transferred to other facilities.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2020.

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