The northern community of Beauval has joined the growing list of communities that are directly being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority announced on April 29 that an employee of the Beauval General Store tested positive for the virus, prompting public health officials to advise anyone who shopped at the store between April 12 to April 27 to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. The store was shut down for 48 hours following the start of the employees self-isolation for staff to thoroughly clean and disinfect the entire site.
Beauval joins La Loche, Clearwater River Dene Nation, Lloydminster and Prince Albert as communities where outbreaks have been declared.
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, breathing difficulties, sore throat, runny nose, chills, diminished sense of smell and body aches.
“They should call HealthLine 811 or their community health centre for evaluation and advice if they develop any of those symptoms.”
As of May 1, the La Loche Emergency Operations Centre Facebook page, NVLL & CRND Covid-19 Updates, reported five new cases in Beauval and 80 in La Loche and Clearwater River Dene Nation.
La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre is urging everyone to stay home and practice social distancing and to support the efforts of the Emergency Operations Centre and public health officials.
“Look at your family,” he said on the daily NVLL & CRND Covid-19 Update post. “If they go to the hospital you won’t see them for weeks. Or if they get sick and you could lose them. We’re pleading with you for your help and support.”
Updates on the NVLL & CRND Covid-19 page are transcribed from daily on air broadcasts on CHPN FM in La Loche. Local leaders and Saskatchewan health officials report on the situation daily.