Assisted care worker tests positive for coronavirus, 14 new cases reported in Saskatchewan


On Friday, Saskatchewan reported 14 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the province, bringing the total since the first case to 220.

One case was a staff member from an Eden Care assisted-care facility in Regina who is now in solitary confinement.

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Eden Care said that three other staff members and a resident who were in contact with the employee who tested positive also self-isolated under the direction of public health.

“We have activated our intervention plan and are taking the following measures: all the residents’ reference temperatures and vital signs have been recorded; resident temperatures will be recorded twice a day, “said Eden Care Communities CEO Alan Stephen.

“We understand how difficult it must be for families to receive this information. It is regrettable. We assured them that all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of their loved one. “

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Coronavirus outbreak: workers in long-term care facilities in Saskatchewan need temperature and symptom check

Coronavirus outbreak: workers in long-term care facilities in Saskatchewan need temperature and symptom check

Three other staff members decided to isolate themselves, said Eden Care.

The establishment is closed and does not accept new admissions, exits or transfers.

On Friday, a new measure was introduced by the Government of Saskatchewan for employees of long-term care facilities.

They will have their temperature checked and be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms before they start their shift, officials said.

Officials say three people remain in the hospital – one in intensive care in Regina and two in acute care in Saskatoon.

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Twelve other people have recovered, bringing the number of recoveries to 48.

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The highest number of cases remains in Saskatoon, with 111.

Regina has registered 45 cases, while 42 cases are reported from the north.

There are 10 cases in the southern region, nine in the central region and three in the far north.

To date, three people have died in the province from complications from COVID-19 – one in Saskatoon, one in the central region and one in the north.

In his presentation, Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe criticized President Donald Trump for asking the medical supply company 3M to stop selling N95 respirators in Canada.

3M said on Friday that the Trump administration had asked it not to supply N95 respirators to Canada due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

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Moe said it was a “reckless” decision by Trump and a “betrayal” of the longstanding relationship between the two countries.

“The availability of personal protective equipment is a discussion that is more urgent today after the reckless leadership of the Trump administration and its directive to 3M to stop shipping N95 masks to Canada” said Moe.

“This decision is nothing less than a betrayal of the shared history of our two great nations of working together when needed. “

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Moe said he was in touch with a number of American governors to seek support and ask Trump to reverse his decision.

“Under the leadership of many presidents, the United States has come here to support our country,” said Moe.

“Throughout history, Canada has supported its neighbor to the south in times of war, terror and economic crisis.”

“In this pandemic period, it is even more important that our nations strengthen our determination to work together to fight this invisible enemy that we call COVID-19.”

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Coronavirus outbreak: Moe says Trump is “reckless” to ask 3M not to deliver N95 respirators to Canada

Coronavirus outbreak: Moe says Trump is “reckless” to ask 3M not to deliver N95 respirators to Canada

Moe said that while the measures the province has taken to reduce the risk and spread of the coronavirus appear to be working, now is not the time to be complacent.

“I don’t know if we can avoid the types of epidemics we see in other places, but we have a chance,” he said.

“We have a chance if we continue to follow the rules, the rules of physical distance, avoid gatherings with people outside your immediate home, stay at home as much as possible. “

Moe reiterated the need to isolate himself for 14 days after returning from an international trip and the need for good hygiene.

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“People, they may be tired of me saying these things, but I will continue to do so,” said Moe.

“I prefer people to be fed up with listening to me rather than being sick with COVID-19. “

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Of the 220 cases in the province currently in Saskatchewan, 102 are travelers.

Another 52 are community contacts, including mass gatherings, while 10 have no known exposure.

Authorities said 56 people are still under investigation by local public health.

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Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Saqid Shahab update the status of coronaviruses in the province.

They will speak during the daily briefing from 2.30 p.m. CT.

Global News will broadcast the press conference live.

More soon.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Health authorities warn against all international travel. Return travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, starting March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.

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Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.

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