COVID-19 Update: April 15
Apr 15, 2021
An update from Mayor Michelle McKenzie:
It is the responsibility of the Town of Maple Creek to ensure information is provided to our citizens that is timely, accurate, clear, accessible, and responsive.
At this time, the Town of Maple Creek as a whole, has NOT been classified as an active outbreak. Many of you may be confused and wonder why then, is Maple Creek listed on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website under ‘COVID-19 Active Outbreaks?’ To answer this question, it is important to understand the definition of a confirmed outbreak. That being: “Two or more people test positive for COVID‐19 and are all linked to a specific non-household setting* or event within a specified time period.”
There is an outbreak in the community of Maple Creek. The Government of Saskatchewan will publicly post outbreaks in: hospitals, long-term care and integrated facilities, personal care homes, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, group homes, congregate/communal living settings, places of worship, daycares, schools, universities, colleges, workplaces, and mass gatherings and events. Because the confirmed positive cases in Maple Creek are all the result of one non-household, mass gathering event, Maple Creek has been publicly posted as having an outbreak of COVID-19 that poses a risk to the general public. However, the Town of Maple Creek as a whole, has not been declared as an active outbreak and this is important to note.
Because the Town of Maple Creek has not yet been declared an active outbreak, it is extremely important to be diligent in following current public health measures to mitigate the risk of spread within our community. At this time, Maple Creek is under the same public health measures as the rest of the South West. Should we be declared as an active outbreak, that may change.
Yesterday, we delivered information door-to-door regarding Variants of Concern (VOC) that have been identified within communities in the South West, including Maple Creek. COVID-19 Variants of Concern are highly contagious, transmitting quickly within communities and can result in severe disease and should be considered dangerous – making the responsibility of each and every resident to adhere to current public health measures that much more critical.
In addition to urging residents to strictly adhere to all current public health orders and measures, we need to remember that we are all in this together. As a community, we need to come together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Maple Creek as well as support those who are in isolation. It can be difficult to know how to help a loved one with COVID-19 when you are unable to visit them. But there are ways you can help someone with COVID-19 without putting yourself at risk. Tasks that can be done without you having to go in the house (such as dropping off groceries, or taking their dog for a walk) are a good place to start. Finding ways to stay connected can help them stay well mentally while they heal physically.
The Town of Maple Creek will continue to update residents as we navigate through this difficult time together.
Thank you, stay safe.
For more information about COVID-19 in the South West: