Coronavirus: Visitor limitations at Manitou Lodge in Watrous, Sask.

The new seven-day average for daily new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan is 150 or 12.2 per 100,000 population, with the province adding 193 new cases on Saturday. Getty Images

An increase in novel coronavirus cases in Watrous has led to the Saskatchewan He​alth Authority (SHA) alerting the public on Monday.

The central east zone, where the town is located, has 75 of the province’s current 1,652 active COVID-19 cases, according to the provincial government. The health authority did not say how many cases are in Watrous.

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In order to keep ev​eryone in SHA facilities and care homes safe during this time, the health authority said visitation is being limited to compassionate reasons only at ​Manit​ou Lodge.

“The decision to restrict family presen​​ce is not taken lightly. These measures are in place to keep you, your loved ones, and health-care workers safe,” read a SHA statement.

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​“Compassionate care reasons ma​y include, but are not limited to, family or support persons during end-of-life care, major surgery, intensive care/critical care, maternal/pediatrics, long-term care residents whose quality of life or care needs are unmet or those inpatients and outpatients with specific challenges.”

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The limitations will remain until it is safe to return to the previous level of family presence, SHA said.

Watrous is approximately 100 km southeast of Saskatoon.

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