COVID-19, and its variants, are still very much present in Saskatchewan. Persons infected with or exposed to COVID-19 should take all precautions as advised by Public Health and take all reasonable measures to significantly reduce the risk of infecting others. Following public health guidance is particularly important for those who are unvaccinated, or have received only one dose of COVID vaccine.
Please be aware that there is an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 at the following location where a person or persons attended while infectious:
- Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 – Herbert Stampede Rodeo & Cabaret, Herbert Stampede Grounds, North Highway 1, from 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31 to 2 a.m. Sunday, August 1
As per Disease Control RegulationsOpens in new window, all individuals in attendance during this date and time should:
- Immediately self-isolate and remain on isolation until 14th August 2021
- Seek testing for COVID-19 immediately.
Exception: If you have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and the second dose was received on or before 17th July 2021, you do not need to self-isolate but:
- Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until August 14th 2021
- If symptoms develop, start self-isolating immediately and seek testing
- If you need to check your vaccination status, please call your local public health office.
Self-isolation means you need to stay home, avoid contact with anyone who is not fully vaccinated (individuals who are considered fully vaccinated have received two doses of vaccine and are at least two weeks past their second dose), and stay away from work, school, stores, social events and any other public setting.
Call HealthLine 811, your physician or nurse practitioner if you develop symptoms; you may develop symptoms from two to 14 days following exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
It is important to note the following:
- COVID-19 is transmitted through coughing and sneezing (aerosol and droplet transmission), and by touching surfaces with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
- Memorize and recognize the symptoms: 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. Stay home if you have symptoms and monitor yourself.
- Get tested: Learn more about testing and regularly take the online self-assessment at Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19Opens in new window. Call HealthLine 811 or your physician for a referral.
- Get vaccinated: At this time, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is not determined by age but by immunization status. The data is clear that the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from serious illness and death is to be fully immunized.
- Care for yourself and others: Anyone at any age can contract COVID-19. Be kind to each other and to health-care workers.
- Download the COVID-19 Alert app: 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. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Apps webpageOpens in new window.
Protect Yourself Today!
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is strongly encouraging all Saskatchewan residents 12 years of age and older to be immunized with both doses. COVID -19 variants are continuing to develop and spread, and are more transmissible than the initial COVID-19 virus. Vaccines are proving to be effective in protecting individuals from serious illness against these variants, and high vaccination rates in our province will help curb the spread.
Visit a participating pharmacy in your neighborhood, book an appointment at an SHA clinicOpens in new window, or visit one of our drive-thru, walk-in or pop-up clinics – there are many options available to be immunized.