COVID outbreak now includes entire Weyburn hospital facility

The COVID outbreak declared at the Weyburn General Hospital Third Floor on Dec. 29 has been amended to include the entire facility.

The local Medical Health Officer made this decision for the safety of staff, patients and visitors after close consultation and further investigating the sources surrounding the original transmission case.

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As of December 30th there were three positive cases at this location, but the risk of further infection remains as the SHA was unable to rule out transmission sources.

“Outbreak management procedures continue at the hospital including practices to contain and mitigate the risk of transmission and ensuring we are following the Public Health Orders and guidelines.

Proactive testing is being done for residents and staff,” said Dr. Lanre Medu, Medical Health Officer, South East, Saskatchewan Health Authority. “Patients who test positive are managed consistent with the existing clinical guidelines, and staff who test positive will isolate and return to work based on their health status and Saskatchewan Health Authority Employee Health timelines.”

“Currently, we have been able to maintain staffing levels to ensure continued safe, quality care for patients. We are providing regular updates about the outbreak status to patients and their families,”said Dr. Medu.

The outbreak declared at the Weyburn Special Care Home also remains in place, first declared on Dec. 27, with six cases reported as of Dec. 29 for residents and staff.