Maple Creek has not been “designated an area of concern” – despite COVID-19 cases being confirmed in the community, the Mayor said in a live-streamed statement on Tuesday.
Michelle McKenzie said the Town of Maple Creek had not received a notice from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) about the cases. Speaking from the Council chamber, McKenzie reported that Maple Creek Composite School had been contacted by the SHA on April 12, about a number of confirmed positive cases.
As a result, the school, Grades 6 to 12, would be moving to remote learning on Wednesday, April 14, she said, adding that would last until at least Monday, April 26.
“There is no school today, Tuesday, April 13. Myself and the Town of Maple Creek would like to extend our thanks to the Maple Creek Composite High School for the swift action in protecting students, parents and families and the broader Maple Creek community.”
McKenzie said she had spoken to Everett Hindley, MLA for Swift Current and the Government of Saskatchewan’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors and Rural and Remote Health.
“At this time the community of Maple Creek is not designated as an area of concern. There are confirmed positive cases in the community. However, an outbreak has not been declared in any of the businesses or institutions.
“By definition a confirmed outbreak is when two or more people test positive for COVID-19 and are linked to a specific, non-household setting or an event with a specific time period. This designation is at the discretion of the Saskatchewan Medical Health officer.
“Again, at this time, there has not been a confirmed outbreak in Maple Creek.”
McKenzie said the public should visit http://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19 for information.
“Myself and the Town of Maple Creek want to again reassure residents that if an outbreak is declared we will notify our residents immediately and have procedures in place to do so. It is important to remain on high alert and pay attention to the following safe COVID protocols: wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practising safe physical distancing.
“If you or a member of your family think you are showing any symptoms, walk-in testing is now available at the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9am to 12 noon. Details are available on our website http://www.maplecreek.ca or refer to the Daily Self-assessment Check List or call HealthLine 811. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
“Please check the Town of Maple Creek Facebook page and websites for updates and we will share as we learn. I would also like to take this time to thank MLA Doug Steele and also Minister Hindley for answering questions and taking my calls …”
McKenzie emphasized the importance of safety and transparency during a potentially critical time for Maple Creek.