SHA loosens visiting restrictions at Regina hospitals

The Saskatchewan Health Authority indicates the relaxed restrictions are a result of a decrease in COVID-19 outbreaks at the facilities.

All patients now permitted one in-person support person or family member

Visitor restrictions have been relaxed at both the Pasqua Hospital and Regina General after a decrease in COVID-19 outbreaks at the facilities. (CBC)

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is set to relax visiting restrictions due to a decrease of COVID-19 outbreaks at both the Regina General and Pasqua Hospital.

The change will see the hospitals go from Level 3 to Level 2 beginning May 10. This means that all patients can now designate one essential family member or support person for in-person support. 

It also means more than one person can be designated for those in critical care, end-of-life care and those in maternal, postpartum or pediatric units. Under Level 3, only patients in these units were only allowed a single support person. 

Those going to the hospitals as an in-person support will have to undergo a health screening, which includes a temperature check and a COVID-19 questionnaire.

Increased hand hygiene and a medical-grade mask is also required and additional personal protective equipment may be needed as necessary.