The Saskatchewan Health Authority released another advisory of potential exposure to COVID-19 at more businesses throughout Saskatchewan yesterday. During contact tracing of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, if it is determined that the individual was out and about in the community while they were potentially contagious, an advisory is issued so that other patrons can be more conscious of their own health situation and take precautions until they know whether they were infected or not. While the number of businesses with potential exposures may seem to many people to be to daunting a list to read through it is, nonetheless, important to refer to these. As Dr. Shahab stated last week the virus is in every corner of the province and it is up to each of us to do everything we can to minimize the risk to ourselves and others in our social bubble. Plus, if you need to enter any SHA facilities (for lab work or appointments) you will be asked if you have been at any of these businesses during the time the potential exposure happened. It is another of the good practices we can follow to be proactive in monitoring our own health.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear as soon as two days after exposure or can take anywhere up to fourteen days to develop. 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, difficulty breathing. If you develop any of these symptoms you can take the online self-assessment at Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 or call HealthLine 811. Testing is available to anyone regardless of whether they have symptoms, but latest advice says to wait to be tested until symptoms have been present for 48 hours to minimize the chances of false negative results
Public Health officials are advising individuals who were at these locations on the specified dates during the specified times to self-monitor for 14 days, and if you have had or develop symptoms of COVID-19, immediately self-isolate and call HealthLine 811, your physician or nurse practitioner to arrange for testing.
Starting with the oldest Advisory still in effect:
Shellbrook: October 19, 20, 21 Big Way Grocery; October 22 Arnie’s Grill
Saskatoon: October 20 Midtown Plaza, Toys ‘R’ Us, Winners, Costco; October 21Taverna Italian Kitchen and Bar; October 22 Motion Fitness Lawson Heights; October 23 Hometown Diner, Motion Fitness Stonebridge; October 24 Hometown Diner; October 25 Dakota Dunes Casino; October 26 Planet Beach, Sobey’s Liquor Store, Dakota Dunes Casino; October 27 Dakota Dunes Casino
North Battleford: October 21,22 Holiday Inn Express & Suites; October 23 Walmart Supercentre; October 28 Gold Eagle Casino
Regina: October 22 University of Regina Riddell Centre, Walmart Supercentre; October 23 Regina Transit, Real Canadian SuperStore; October 24 Real Canadian SuperStore; October 26 Marhaba Restaurant, Prairie Mobile Communications; October 28 Bank of Montreal; October 29 Real Canadian SuperStore, The Last Straw
Prince Albert: October 22 Dollarama; October 23 Gateway Mall, Walmart, McDonalds, Northern Lights Casino; October 26 Venice House Restaurant; October 29 Ramada Hotel Lounge
Lloydminster: October 24 Servus Sports Centre (hockey area only)
Hague: October 27 Hague Shell Gas Bar and Convenience Store
Rosthern: October 29 Rosthern Hotel
Yorkton: October 29 Save-On Foods; October 30 Pumphouse Athletic Club, Save-On Foods, Canadian Tire, Chester’s Chicken, Prairie Harvest Christian Life Centre; October 31 Tim Horton’s, Real Canadian SuperStore, Save-On Foods, Canadian Tire, Chester’s Chicken, Prairie Harvest Christian Life Centre
For further information about any of these advisories go to saskhealthauthority.ca/news/releases
Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder