Outbreak status maintained at Weyburn’s hospital, Special Care Home

The status of a COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to be maintained by the Saskatchewan Health Authority at both the Weyburn General Hospital and the Weyburn Special Care Home.

The COVID outbreak at the Weyburn General Hospital was first declared on Dec. 29, and it continues to be in place with nine positive cases confirmed as of Jan. 8.

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

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 everyone is following the Public Health Orders and guidelines.

Proactive testing is being done for residents and staff. 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, the Health Authority has been able to maintain staffing levels to ensure continued safe, quality care for patients.

At the Weyburn Special Care Home, the outbreak was first declared on Dec. 27, and as of Jan. 8, there are 19 individuals, including residents and staff, who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Outbreak management procedures have been implemented following the declaration of this outbreak, including practices to contain and mitigate the risk of transmission and ensuring everyone is following the Public Health Orders and guidelines.

Proactive testing is being done for residents and staff. Residents that test positive are managed consistent with the existing clinical guidelines, and staff that test positive will follow the directions of Saskatchewan Health Authority Employee Health to determine return to work timelines.

As at the hospital, the SHA has been able to maintain staffing levels to ensure safe, quality care for residents. The SHA is providing regular updates about the outbreak status to residents’ families for both the hospital and Special Care Home facilities.