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The province will make an announcement on the future of long-term care in Saskatchewan.

The Government of Saskatchewan makes an announcement regarding the future of long-term care services in the province.

While no further details are known at this time, news of the impending announcement comes shortly after the Health Department confirmed it would share details of a report on the house operator of Extendicare private retreat “in the coming days”.

The report was prepared by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) following a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 at Extendicare Parkside’s home in Regina. Forty-two infected Parkside residents died during the outbreak between November 2020 and January 2021 – 39 from COVID-19 and three from other causes.

The Saskatchewan Ombudsman launched an investigation into the outbreak and found Extendicare was “woefully unprepared” for the crisis.

Following the ombudsman’s report, Everett Hindley, the minister responsible for seniors and rural and remote health, said the SHA would take a direct part in overseeing Extendicare’s five homes in Saskatchewan and would report to the ministry on what Extendicare had done to address the concerns raised in the Ombudsman’s report. This report was sent to the ministry in September.

Hindley said once the report is released, “SHA will reassess its ongoing relationship with Extendicare and Parkside and determine whether it should continue.”

Hindley, who has faced all the Extendicare-related announcements in recent months, will make her long-term care announcement at 11:30 a.m. CST from the Saskatchewan Legislature.

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