SHA says they are “far” from a return to normal amid the announcement of resumption of services

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SHA CEO Scott Livingstone announced Tuesday that they will begin to take over certain health services in the province as they begin the first phase of their recovery plan.

Livingstone said they were far from resuming their normal activities.

“In the first phase of recovery, we plan to balance the two sides of the equation by being both flexible and adaptive. We will not continue to expand our services until we are sure we can safely care for patients, [while] at the same time managing the COVID-19 response, “said Livingstone at a press conference.

“I must emphasize that just because certain services open, we in no way return to normal. We are far from our normal volumes in healthcare and we will continue to monitor and develop as we can do it safely over the next few weeks, ”he added.

Livingstone said residents of Saskatchewan will focus on resuming daily services such as outpatient physiotherapy appointments, kidney health services, some lab services, home care and extended immunizations.

Livingstone added that the public can expect a different health care experience before it was before COVID-19 hit the province.

“Their health care experience will be different because of the additional measures we will need to put in place to protect both patients and staff,” said Livingstone.

“In most places, this will include adaptations of our waiting room practices to promote physical distance and an additional focus on virtual care where possible, as well as screening in all of our health facilities”, he added.

The recovery plan coincides with the province’s reopening plan for the province of Saskatchewan which entered phase two on May 19. The second phase includes the reopening of retail businesses.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Saqib Shahab said if shopping centers and stores on the street will now be open for business, now is not the time to hang out or socialize in places like centers commercial.

“You’d better go out and walk while keeping a physical distance, and go to the malls ready to buy what you need and support businesses that way,” said Shahab.

To date, Saskatchewan has reported 599 cases of COVID-19. Of these cases, 123 are considered active and 470 have recovered.

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