19 COVID-19 cases at Regina's Pioneer Village came from residents of Extendicare Parkside
REGINA -- The Saskatchewan Health Authority said 19 of 25 residents of Extendicare Parkside, who were recently moved to Pioneer Village, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The SHA provided the details about cases at Regina’s Pioneer Village in a media conference on Thursday afternoon.
In a separate outbreak at Pioneer Village, five residents tested positive, one of which has recovered. The most recent positive test in this outbreak was on Nov. 30.
Four staff at Pioneer Village have tested positive, one is currently active.
Darcy Robilliard's 79-year-old mother, Vivian Robilliard was one of the residents who was moved from Extendicare Parkside to Pioneer Village.
Robilliard said he only found out his mother was moved to a new facility because he called Extendicare Parkside.
"Then they said that she's not there no more and she was moved to Pioneer Village," Robilliard said. "They were difficult to get a hold of, like I left a voicemail on Monday. If it wasn't for my sister, she told me about my mum, COVID-19, or else I would have been in the dark."
SHA CONFIRMS 12TH DEATH AT EXTENDICARE PARKSIDE
The SHA reported a twelfth person has died after testing positive for COVID-19 at Regina’s Extendicare Parkside.
The resident passed away on Wednesday.
Fifty-eight staff and 141 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at the centre. There are 162 residents in total at Extendicare Parkside.
During Thursday's legislative session, the NDP called on the Government of Saskatchewan to talk to the federal government about calling in the military to assist in the situation at Extendicare Parkside.
"There's nothing stopping this situation from unfolding in other care homes across the province," NDP MLA, Matt Love said. "Will the minister reconsider engaging with the federal minister on the issue of military aid so support is at least available when we need it?"
The Government of Saskatchewan said it’s confident in the current work that's being done at Extendicare Parkside to control the outbreak of COVID-19.
"As soon as an outbreak is declared at any of these long term care or any schools we have SHA people on the ground immediately," Minister of Health, Paul Merriman said. "We have our infectious disease people, as well as anybody that needs any backfilling for positions that they might be losing."