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Outbreaks in SHA Facilities - Northwest Saskatchewan

Update:         June 18, 2018    10 a.m.

Current Outbreaks:  ONE

  • Northland Pioneers Lodge, Meadow Lake - NORTH SIDE ONLY - A Respiratory Outbreak has been declared for the NORTH SIDE ONLY of Northland Pioneers Lodge in Meadow Lake, effective Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The causative organisms have been determined to be Enterovirus/rhinovirus as well as Parainfluenza. Outbreak precautions are in effect. All social and recreational activities are suspended until further notice. Visitors must follow the outbreak precautions as outlined below.
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Visiting when an outbreak is declared in a facility:

Visitors play an important role in supporting patients and residents in health care facilities. Visiting may continue during outbreak situations. HOWEVER, we recommend that individuals reschedule their visits if at all possible, until the outbreak is declared over. Children under the age of six are strongly discouraged from visiting during an outbreak.

Individuals should not visit anyone in hospital or in a long-term care (LTC) facility at any time when they - the visitor - is experiencing symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.

During an outbreak, visitors may be at risk of acquiring infection within the hospital or LTC home.  

If you must visit, you must comply with the following:

  • Report to the nursing desk before visiting.
  • Use proper hand hygiene practices before, during, and after visiting.
  • Use proper respiratory etiquette.
  • Restrict your visiting to only your own relative or friend in their own room. Do not visit from one resident/patient to another.
  • Wear required personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed (gown, procedure mask, eye protection, etc.) and remain in resident's/patient's room. Clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub before putting on or after taking off the PPE.

If the facility is having difficulty controlling the outbreak, further visiting restrictions may be implemented.

Proper handwashing is the number one way to prevent the spread of illness. When you visit our facilities, please remember to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly - both before and after your visit.

How to wash your hands - 7 tips from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

To keep yourself, your loved one, and all patients, residents, and care providers safe from infection, we ask you to follow a number of simple precautions. Learn more by watching this video.

Previous Outbreaks Declared Over:

  • Loon Lake Health Centre & Special Care Home, Loon Lake SK - Respiratory Outbreak status is no longer in effect for Loon Lake Health Centre & Special Care Home. The outbreak was declared over on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. It had been declared on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The causative organism was Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect and all social and recreational events are returning to normal. Visitors are welcome and are encouraged to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control procedures.
  • River Heights Lodge - EAST SIDE ONLY - North Battleford, SK Gastrointestinal Outbreak status is no longer in effect for the EAST SIDE ONLY of River Heights Lodge. The outbreak was DECLARED OVER on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. It was declared on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect and all social and recreational events are returning to normal. Visitors are welcome and are encouraged to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control procedures.
  • Northland Pioneers Lodge - SOUTH SIDE - Meadow Lake - The Influenza outbreak on the SOUTH side of Northland Pioneers Lodge has been declared over as of Wednesday, April 11. The outbreak was declared on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 and the causative organism was Influenza B. Social events are returning to normal. Visitors are welcome and are encouraged to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control procedures.

    Outbreak status is NO LONGER in effect for the NORTH SIDE of Northland Pioneers Lodge, Meadow Lake. A respiratory outbreak was declared on Monday, March 19, 2018, followed Thursday April 5, 2018 with declaration of a gastrointestinal outbreak for the North Side only. The causative organisms was Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Influenza B. As of Tuesday, April 10, 2018, both North Side outbreaks were declared over.

  • St. Walburg Health Complex - LONG TERM CARE - The Gastrointestinal Outbreak in the long-term care areas of St. Walburg Health Complex has been declared over as of Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The outbreak was declared on Monday, March 19, 2018. The causative organism was Norovirus. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect and social events have returned to normal. Visitors are welcome and are encouraged to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • River Heights Lodge, North Battleford - The Respiratory Outbreak at River Heights Lodge, North Battleford (both East and West sides) has been declared over, effective Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The outbreak was declared on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. The causative organisms were Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Human Metapneumovirus. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. Social and recreational activities have returned to normal. Visitors are welcome and are encouraged to follow always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Lloydminster Continuing Care, Lloydminster - The respiratory outbreak at Lloydminster Continuing Care facility was declared over on Monday, March 26, 2018. The outbreak was declared on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The causative organism was Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect and social events have returned to normal. Visitors are welcome and are always encouraged to follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Riverside Health Complex - LONG TERM CARE, Turtleford - The Influenza Outbreak in the long-term care areas of Riverside Health Complex was been declared over on Friday, March 23, 2018. Outbreak precautions had been in effect since the outbreak was declared on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The causative organism was Influenza A. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect and social events at the facility have resumed. Visitors are welcome and are always encouraged to follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford - REHABILITATION WARD 1 - The Respiratory Outbreak on Rehabilitation Ward 1 of Saskatchewan Hospital has been DECLARED OVER, as of Friday, March 16, 2018. The outbreak had been declared on Monday, March 5, 2018. The causative organism was identified as Human Metapneumovirus. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect for the Ward. Visitors are always encouraged to follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Battlefords District Care Centre - WARD 3 - The Respiratory Outbreak for WARD 3 of Battlefords District Care Centre has been DECLARED OVER, as of Thursday, March 1. Outbreak precautions had been in effect since the outbreak was declared on Monday, February 5, 2018. The causative organism was human metapneumovirus. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. All visitors are always urged  to follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices at all times.
  • River Heights Lodge, North Battleford -  The Respiratory outbreak at River Heights Lodge has been DECLARED OVER, effective Thursday, February 15, 2018. The outbreak had initially been declared for the EAST SIDE ONLY of River Heights Lodge, on Friday, December 29, 2017 and was extended to the entire facility on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The causative organism was determined to be human metapneumovirus and parainfluenza 1. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect for the facility. All social and recreational activities are resuming. All visitors are urged to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices. 
  • Northland Pioneers Lodge, Meadow Lake - SOUTH SIDE ONLY  - The Gastrointestinal outbreak on the SOUTH SIDE of Northland Pioneers Lodge in Meadow Lake has been DECLARED OVER, effective Monday, February 5, 2018. The outbreak had been declared on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visitor restrictions are no longer in effect however, all visitors are urged to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • St. Walburg Health Complex, St. Walburg - The respiratory outbreak at St. Walburg Health Complex has been DECLARED OVER, as of Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The outbreak was declared on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The causative organism had been identified as Influenza B. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. Visitor restrictions are no longer in effect. All visitors are reminded to always follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • Lady Minto Health Care Center, Edam - The Respiratory Outbreak at Lady Minto Health Care Center in Edam HAS BEEN DECLARED OVER, as of Monday January 29, 2018. The outbreak had been declared on Wednesday, January 17, 2017. The causative organism was Influenza A. Outbreak precautions are no longer in effect. All social and recreational activities are returning to normal. All visitors are reminded to ALWAYS follow proper hand hygiene and infection control practices.
  • For more information, members of the public should contact the facility in question directly - click here for a phone directory.

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