Some in-person church services in Maple Creek have been suspended amid unconfirmed reports of a COVID-19 outbreak in the area. United Church and St Mary’s Anglican Church have both taken action.
A notice attached to the front of the United Church says: “Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in Maple Creek, Council has decided to suspend in-person worship.
“Worship services will be conducted via Zoom until further notice.”
The noticeboard outisde St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church says: “In church services suspended … online services.”
On its Facebook page, the church says: “In-person church services have been suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak. Zoom services can be seen on our YouTube channel through our website at: stmarysmaplecreek.ca.”
Unconfirmed reports of COVID-19 cases in Maple Creek have been circulating for several days.
On Sunday, Michelle McKenzie, the Mayor of Maple Creek, said she had heard rumours – but nothing official had come across her desk.
When there had been an outbreak in the RM of Maple Creek many months ago, she had been contacted by the Ministry of Health, she said.
But nobody from the Ministry had been in touch with her recently. On Monday afternoon, McKenzie, issued a statement on the Town’s Facebook page, seeking to reassure the public about “false rumours” of a COVID-19 outbreak in the community.
“We have not received notice of an outbreak by Saskatchewan Health Authority at this time,” she said.
“Myself and the Town of Maple Creek want to reassure you that if an outbreak be declared, we would notify our residents immediately and have procedures in place to do so.”
McKenzie urged people to continue following safe COVID-19 practices and Public Safety measures, and look regularly for updates.