Possible COVID-19 exposure in Leask, outbreak in southern care home

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has alerted residents to several possible COVID-19 public exposures over the last two days.

The first such alert was issued Wednesday for the post office in Leask, Sask. Leask is located about 80 km southwest of Prince Albert.

According to a news release, a resident who tested positive for COVID-19 was likely infectious when they went to the post office. Anyone who attended the post office between July 20 and 24 is asked to monitor their symptoms or seek a COVID-19 test by calling HealthLine 811.

That same day, the SHA warned of possible COVID-19 exposure at three businesses in Lloydminster.

A person who tested positive for the virus attended Popeye’s at 8120 44th Street on July 10, Three Trees Tap and Kitchen at the same address on July 11 and Cora’s at 2708 50 Ave on July 12 while likely infectious.

The possible exposure was communicated by anther provincial health jurisdiction.

Then, Thursday, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at a personal care home in Herbert, Sask.

An individual associated with Prairie Wind Estate personal care home tested positive for COVID-19.

So far, no other residents or staff have presented with symptoms.

Staff and residents will be tested. Contact tracing is underway.

Visitor restrictions tightened in northeast

Following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the province’s northeast, visiting will be limited in the Melfort, Tisdale and Nipawin hospitals and long term care homes.

That means family members or support people will only be allowed for compassionate reasons. No other visitors are allowed into the facilities at this time and the limitations will remain in place until further notice.

The news comes a day after 44 members of a Hutterite community in the RM of Star City tested positive for COVID-19.

The SHA said it is working directly with affected communities to control the spread of the virus.

Paid parking to resume at SHA facilities

Paid parking will resume at all SHA facilities as of next Tuesday.

Parking fees were suspended for patients, doctors and staff to prioritize the delivery of care and services and ease the burdens associated with the COVID-19 pandemic back in April. According to a press release, the SHA is resuming services, including paid parking.