Positive COVID-19 test at Victoria Hospital leads to declaration of outbreak

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Patient tested negative before being admitted; outbreak declared because of length of stay and number of staff members who could have come into contact with case

Updated on May 1, 2020 at 7:10 p.m.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Prince Albert's Victoria Hospital after a single patient tested positive for the virus due to their length of stay at the facility.

According to a press release, the patient was admitted for Non-COVID-related reasons back on April 21. At the time, they had been tested for COVID-19 and the results came back negative. They were also screened for the virus.

But eight days later, on April 29, a second test was ordered. This time, the patient tested positive.

The outbreak was declared in the evening of April 30 and announced publicly on Friday, May 1.

"This outbreak involves only one patient, however because there was a prolonged period of time this patient was admitted and a number of staff were exposed to this person … the outbreak was declared," explained SHA executive director Scott Livingstone.

All staff members who had contact with the patient have been sent home and ordered to self-isolate until the contact tracing and investigation are completed.

"We're currently … determining who was in direct contact and what actual staff will have to be isolated for an extended period of time."

While exact numbers weren't available, SHA's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Susan Shaw said that between Prince Albert and Lloydminster, where there is also a hospital outbreak, between 60-80 staff members have been asked to self-isolate at home.

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