COVID-19 outbreak declared at Stanley Mission Health Centre

The Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Stanley Mission Health Centre on Sunday.

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The outbreak was declared following an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, said the NITHA in a press release.

Anyone who has been at the facility between Oct. 5 and Oct. 8 should self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms, say public health officials.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked to call 811 to arrange for testing.

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Stanley Mission is located about 80 kilometres north of La Ronge.

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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