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Increased COVID-19 Activity in Saskatoon

For immediate release: October 8, 2020 - 3:30pm
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The Saskatchewan Health Authority and the City of Saskatoon would like make you aware that we are seeing increased COVID-19 activity in the City of Saskatoon, in addition to the rest of Saskatchewan.

We are asking everyone to be extra vigilant. Protect yourself and your family at all times during the pandemic by following all public health recommendations and ensuring you do your part to stop the spread.

As we approach the upcoming long weekend, we also ask that you keep your festivities small and defer all interactions with others if you feel any symptoms compatible with COVID-19.

When making travel plans with your family, we remind you to consider whether or not your travel is truly essential. This includes travel within or outside of our province or outside of Canada. We are seeing a number of outbreaks declared throughout our province, and in other jurisdictions, putting everyone at increased risk of potential exposure to COVID with non-essential travel playing a role.

As the public health situation across Saskatchewan continues to evolve, the one constant is the need to maintain a united effort to keep our communities safe. We are all doing our part, and it is truly remarkable to see the work that can be accomplished when we work together to prevent COVID-19 infections within our daily bubbles at school, home, work and other recreation and social activities.

With that, we are asking that you keep a close eye on how big your bubble has actually become as you have increased your activities. As the risk of local transmission increases, now is the time to reset your household and reduce the risk to those who matter most to you.

We are all now part of other cohorts: in the workplace, at school, and at extracurricular and social activities. Observing the necessary public health guidance in each of these settings and keeping our close contact list short is a vital step in reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Please remember the following:

  • Your extended household is the people you can hug and touch, or those who can become part of your daily and weekly routines. This should be 15 people or less. Ideally, it is only members of your direct household.
  • Assess your extended household. Does it include children in school settings, school staff, essential employees, or vulnerable populations like seniors or those with underlying health conditions? Consider that all of your contacts are now their contacts, too.
  • In the event that you are required to provide your activities and contacts as part of a public health contact investigation, can you name all those individuals you have come into close contact with over the last two weeks? If you cannot, adjust your routines and close contacts.
  • Stay home from all activities and workplaces even if you are experiencing even mild symptoms.

Symptoms include: fever, cough, headache, muscle and/or joint aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, dizziness, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children), loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. An online self-assessment is available at www.Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 

It is also important to continue self-screening; enhanced hand hygiene; masking when physical distancing cannot be maintained; and cohorting (or grouping).

The Health Canada COVID Alert app is available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app store. The app is another tool available to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by letting people know of possible exposures without sharing any personal information.

From the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, every action we have taken has been based on the principle of keeping our community safe. Clearly, we all have an important role to play.

Please keep yourself personally informed by regularly visiting the Government of Saskatchewan’s website for the latest information on COVID, including safety guidelines at www.Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

Thank-you for all you are doing to keep Saskatoon safe. Please visit Saskatoon.ca/covid-19 for updates on changes to City programs and services.