Saskatoon’s Friendship Inn adjusts to maintain offering meals safety by way of outbreak – Saskatoon

The Friendship Inn has made adjustments and continues to provide food security to the city’s vulnerable population after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared last week.

Executive Director Sandra Kary said when news came on Jan. 27 that three employees had tested positive, the employees responded.

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“That prompted us to react with a few additional measures. So for us it meant that we just had to take a look at where some of our gaps might have been and close those gaps as soon as possible, ”she said on Wednesday.

“We were able to thoroughly clean the building.

“On a normal day, we made takeaway and takeaway … and when we heard about the outbreak, we cut down to just take-away for those two days and then got back to our regular COVID service suppliers.”

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Kary confirmed that the three affected employees are self-isolating at home and that this is the only outbreak in the Saskatoon community center.

“It’s just the reality that we are dealing with COVID, that after all our best measures we are dealing with a virus that is … challenging, so we proceed vigilantly,” she said.

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“We have had our staff tested and do so regularly, and we have assured our volunteers and guests that we will continue with all of our vigilant protocols.

“And it’s just very important to keep moving forward and our services are really needed. So we’re pretty motivated to make sure we can continue to provide food security in the community. “

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Before the pandemic, Kary said the Friendship Inn was serving up to 1,000 meals a day, compared to about 600 now.

“I would say we are probably still serving the same number of people … The people we are serving now are definitely here for food security reasons,” she said.

“Before COVID we were like a canteen … It’s just a limitation that people can only be in the building that long or when they come in and have a meal that we just want to make sure that the people who need us are actually bigger ones have servings now. “

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How important is the work of the Friendship Inn, especially given the ongoing pandemic?

“We have hot meals 365 days a year … It’s really important that we keep our services up so that we can provide this support to our community. There are so many challenges out there that we just need to be as vigilant as possible so that we can support people in all of their challenges. “

According to the Saskatchewan government’s list of active outbreaks, there were about 65 in the Saskatoon Zone as of Thursday lunchtime.

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