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Saskatchewan plans to redeploy government workers to help its health-care system


The Saskatchewan Party government has reassigned public service employees throughout the pandemic to support issues related to COVID-19. (Talent Canada)

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is looking at redeploying government employees from other departments to help the health-care system.

Saskatchewan’s emergency operations centre and the health authority are putting together a plan to address a rise in hospital admissions and the number of staff off sick due to COVID-19.

The health authority says part of the plan includes redeploying public sector employees into health care to help in non-medical roles such as meal preparation, cleaning and administrative duties.

The provincial emergency operations centre says no staff have been redeployed at this time.

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The Saskatchewan Party government has reassigned public service employees throughout the pandemic to support issues related to COVID-19.

Recent modelling from the government suggests Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 hospitalizations will reach record levels by mid-February if people don’t reduce gathering sizes.

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