REGINA -- The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses said several staff members at the Golden Prairie Home, a long-term care facility in Indian Head, are self-isolating due to COVID-19.

SUN president, Tracy Zambory, said about 19 staff members at the facility are self-isolating and there is no manager on-site to handle the situation.

The Ministry of Health reported the outbreak on Nov. 7.

“We would term that outbreak as a ‘code red’… it rises to the top of our importance ladder,” Zambory said, citing concerns about introducing new staff to the facility.

The SHA said staff from the Wolseley Memorial Integrated Health Care Centre will be moved to the Golden Prairie Home to address the staffing issue.

During the reassignment of roles, the Wolseley centre – located about 35 kilometers from Indian Head – will be putting a “temporary pause on admitting patients.”

Zambory is calling for a meeting with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to address their concerns about staffing and hospital capacity.

The union is also concerned about reported overcrowding at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital – where the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been moved to the hospital's old pediatric ICU.