Seniors in isolation after outbreak at Saskatoon long-term care dwelling

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Residents on the second and third floors are all being tested for COVID-19.

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Nov 25, 2020November 25, 20202 minute read Join the conversation Oliver Lodge has been hit with a COVID-19 outbreak. Oliver Lodge has been hit with a COVID-19 outbreak. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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Another long-term care home in Saskatoon is reporting an outbreak of COVID-19.

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority on Tuesday declared an outbreak at Oliver Lodge special care home. An update from the home, which according to its website houses more than 130 seniors and people with long-term care needs, said all residents of its southern building have been placed into isolation inside their rooms.

All residents on the second and third floors, as well as staff, are being tested for COVID-19, the home said.

A government webpage reported three residents and staff at the lodge had tested positive as of Tuesday.

Executive director Frank Suchorab declined to take questions on Wednesday, or say how many of the residents had tested positive.

An update posted to Oliver Lodge’s website on Wednesday noted that some test results had yet to be returned.

“Other long-term care providers are going through the exact thing that we are,” Suchorab said.

It’s one of 29 long-term care facilities in the province to have reported a case of COVID-19 from Nov. 10 to Nov. 24, affecting 88 staff and residents. That includes 28 people at Luther Special Care Home in Saskatoon.  An outbreak was also declared at Pioneer Village in Regina on Wednesday.

The province has responded by reimposing strict visiting restrictions on long-term care homes like those that existed in the spring, only permitting guests for “compassionate reasons” such as when a family member or loved one is in palliative care or requires extra assistance to meet their care needs.

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