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Outbreak Rescinded at Palliser Regional Care Centre and Cypress Regional Hospital

Updated May 6th at 11:00am

The outbreak of norovirus at the Cypress Regional Hospital (Med/Surg Unit #2 only) has been rescinded.  Visitation at the facility has resumed.

The Palliser Regional Care Centre’s outbreak was rescinded on May 5,  meaning there are presently no facilities within the Cypress Health Region currently under an outbreak status.

Norovirus and other illnesses continue to circulate in our communities.  Frequent and proper handwashing are very important to reduce the spreading of illnesses.  As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, a time filled with many friendly visits and exchanges, diligence with hand hygiene and infection control measures is strongly encouraged. In particular, the health region asks anyone visiting a health facility to please wash your hands thoroughly prior to leaving your home and wash your hands again upon entering any healthcare facility.  If you are feeling ill, please stay home. Other precautions include frequently cleaning commonly touched surfaces and coughing/sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your elbow.


Updated May 5th at 3:10pm

Please be advised that the outbreak due to lab confirmed norovirus at the Palliser Regional Care Centre (PRCC) has been rescinded and visitation at the facility has resumed.

The outbreak on Med/Surg Unit #2 (west) at the Cypress Regional Hospital, also due to lab confirmed norovirus, remains in place.  The number of cases at the Regional Hospital are on the decline.  A total of three patients are currently exhibiting signs and symptoms. Visitation remains restricted on this unit of the Regional Hospital only.

While visitation at the PRCC has now resumed, norovirus and other illnesses continue to circulate in our communities.  Frequent and proper handwashing are very important to reduce the spreading of illnesses.  As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, a time filled with many friendly visits and exchanges, diligence with hand hygiene and infection control measures is strongly encouraged. In particular, the health region asks anyone visiting a health facility to please wash your hands thoroughly prior to leaving your home and wash your hands again upon entering any healthcare facility.  If you are feeling ill, please stay home. Other precautions include frequently cleaning commonly touched surfaces and coughing/sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your elbow.


Updated May 3rd at 3:00pm

The outbreaks at the Palliser Regional Care Centre and Cypress Regional Hospital (Med/Surg Unit #2 west only) are still in effect.  The outbreak at the Palliser Regional Care Centre is improving with two residents now having signs and symptoms.  Please be advised that the outbreak at the Cypress Regional Hospital has been confirmed by the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory (SDCL) as norovirus.  Visitation continues to be restricted at both facilities.

The Health Region is continuing to work to eradicate the illnesses from the facilities.  Updates will continue to be provided on the outbreaks at these two facilities as they become available.


Updated May 2nd at 3:00pm

The outbreaks at the Palliser Regional Care Centre and Cypress Regional Hospital (Med/Surg Unit #2 west only) are still in effect.  Visitation continues to be restricted.  Full details on the outbreaks are listed below.  More information will be posted to this page as it becomes available.


Updated April 28th at 2:00pm

There are presently 13 residents with signs and symptoms of the illness. Enhanced infection control measures continue to be in place at the facility and visitation remains restricted.

In addition to the outbreak at the Palliser Regional Care Centre, Dr. David Torr, Medical Health Officer, has declared a gastrointestinal illness outbreak on the Med/Surg Unit #2 (west) at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current.  A total of four inpatients are currently exhibiting signs and symptoms of enteric illness.  Samples are being collected and sent to the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory for confirmation of the illness type.  As a result of the Regional Hospital’s outbreak, visitation is restricted on Med/Surg Unit #2 only. This unit has been isolated from other areas of the Hospital to avoid the illness spreading into other health units within the facility.  In special circumstances immediate family members may be permitted to visit their loved ones but must follow infection control protocols as advised by staff.

There is a noted increase in community gastrointestinal illness of late as evidenced by calls to the health region, physician offices, and emergency room visits. As such the Cypress Health Region is advising the public to please exercise proper hand hygiene.  Hand hygiene is critical to reducing the spread of norovirus and other illnesses. Wash your hands carefully and thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the washroom, touching surfaces, shaking hands, changing a child’s diaper, and before eating, preparing, or handling food. Hand sanitizers should not be used as a complete replacement for proper hand hygiene. Rather, hand sanitizers should only be used when soap and water are not readily available.

Additional precautions to prevent the spreading of germs and illnesses include staying home when ill, avoiding visiting healthcare facilities when feeling ill (aside from seeking medical attention), and frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Updates will continue to be provided on the outbreaks at these two facilities as they become available.

If you’d like more information on norovirus visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.


Original Post April 25th

Under the guidance of Medical Health Officer Dr. David Torr, an outbreak has been declared at the Palliser Regional Care Centre due to the presence of an unconfirmed enteric illness with signs and symptoms being experienced by eight of the facility’s long term care residents.

Due to this declaration, please consider the following:

  • Until further notice, visitation to the facility will be restricted.  The only exceptions to these restrictions will be in the event of an ‘end of life’ situation, where the nurse in charge at the facility can be contacted to discuss the options that are available for the family members to visit their loved one.
  • Outbreak has been declared due to the presence of an unconfirmed enteric illness.  Samples are being forwarded to the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory in Regina for analysis and confirmation of the illness type.
  • Presently, there are eight long term care residents within the facility who have been identified as meeting the signs and symptoms of this illness.
  • Enhanced cleaning and infection control protocols have been implemented within the facility in an attempt to remove the illness.

Public Health and Infection Control Team members are actively involved and are providing guidance into the ongoing steps being taken to eradicate the illness.  The health region is strongly emphasizing that everyone do what they can to prevent the spread of illness/sickness to others.  Frequent and proper handwashing, staying home when ill, and enhanced cleaning of hard surfaces within your homes/businesses should always be the normal practice.

Additional information will be provided on this webpage as it becomes available.

Transition and Move-In Plans Announced for New Swift Current Long Term Care Facility

Construction of the new 225-bed long term care facility in Swift Current is nearing completion and plans for moving staff and residents into the new facility are well underway.  A three phase transition approach is being implemented to ensure that all residents are comfortably moved into their new homes beginning in early June.

The health region has assembled a transition committee to oversee the entire move-in process.  The committee, made up of various health care providers including nursing staff, social workers, management, supporting staff, and others, is overseeing each of the move’s three phases.

The first existing facility to move into the new Swift Current Long Term Care facility will be the Prairie Pioneers Lodge (PPL). All PPL residents, plus an additional 10 residents from the Swift Current and Palliser Regional Care Centres, will be moving into the new facility on Sunday, June 5. Remaining residents of the Swift Current Care Centre will move on Sunday, August 7 and the Palliser Regional Care Centre will complete its move on Sunday, September 18.  Sundays were carefully selected as the most appropriate date so that, where possible, family members may be present to assist their loved ones.

“We are very excited to begin to transition into this beautiful new facility, which we know will be such a significant improvement for residents and staff when compared to our existing long term care facilities in Swift Current,” said Brenda Schwan, Vice President of Continuing Care and Capital Project Lead for the Cypress Health Region.  “Our transition committee has been working hard since early in the year to develop a move-in plan that will make sense for the region, but that will also align with the wishes of our residents and their families. Moving in three phases is an important step being taken to make sure that our move goes as smoothly as possible.”

Each phase will see approximately 60 residents move into one of three total neighborhoods.  The health region is making direct contact with residents and family members to discuss move-in plans and provide information regarding more specific processes, such as phone/TV transfers and mail forwarding.

“We are working hard to provide as much information as possible in advance of the move-in dates.  We know how disruptive it is for anyone to move into a new home, which is also the case for our long term care residents moving into their new homes.  The more organized we can be prior to moving in, the better the transition will be for everyone,” added Schwan.

Family members with questions about the move-in and transition process are being asked to speak with their facility’s social worker.  Updated construction and transition details will also be posted on the Cypress Health website as they become available.