First and most importantly, we want to recognize that all of you are doing great work under the most challenging circumstances.
Communication is so important at this time to make sure that everyone is getting good, factual information.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is expanding their broadcast system to the entire province. It will be used to convey urgent COVID-19 updates to SHA staff, physicians, and affiliates.
To make sure that you are getting the information you need, please go to www.mygatewayonline.com or www.mygatewayonlinerqhealth.ca if your workplace is in the former RQHR to ensure that your phone numbers are correct. Let others know to do the same. They started test broadcasts yesterday, so if you did not receive messaging, please follow the steps to update your information.
The Chief Medical Health Officer updated his public health order under The Public Health Act. As information and direction regarding his subject evolves in this rapidly changing environment the SHA has been committed to updating their direction to us.
In accordance with the Order from the Government of Saskatchewan on March 20, 2020, effective immediately, all persons who have travelled internationally shall go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of arrival back into Canada. This means that employees, physicians, students and volunteers who have returned from international travel on March 6, 2020 or later must immediately self-isolate. Please contact your manager or Area Department Lead to advise them that you are required to self-isolate as directed by the Chief Medical Health Officer order issued on March 20, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the health and safety of our Employees and Officers, we ask that you refrain from visiting our Local and Regional offices. If you have an inquiry, we ask that you call our office. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Region 1 306-445-6433
Region 2 306-922-0600
Region 3 306-757-7925
Region 4 306-842-1559
Region 5 306-783-1396
Main office 306-546-5185
Thank you for your co-operation and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause
We have been actively monitoring the growing issue around COVID-19 and how it affects not only health care members but members in all the sectors that we represent. We have been considering the best advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan which changes as this outbreak evolves.
We have begun daily conversations, with follow up, with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and all health care unions to ensure that we are responding to this outbreak with solid evidence and calm advice.
If you are sick – do not go to work… it is really that simple; contact your employer to advise of your illness. Practice increased safety in social contacts: cough/sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve; don’t touch your face; wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds; no handshakes or hugs; if you feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms, call 811 for advice.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be at the highest standards. We believe that should be the N95 masks and adopting the precautionary principle in order to both address and contain this outbreak and adequately protect those responsible for assessing COVID-19 in our communities.
CUPE Local 5430 is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. We represent a wide range of health care providers in five major classification areas: clerical, technical, nursing, support and plant operations. Together, we each contribute to the well-being of hospital patients, long-term care residents and home care clients.