The Saskatchewan Health Authority is issuing an advisory about an increase in community transmission in the Rural Municipalities of Cut Knife (No. 439) and Hillsdale (No.440) with 4 confirmed cases, most of which are not linked to one another. The mode of acquisition could not be established for 2 cases.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu says that “while contact tracing is ongoing, all residents in the area are requested to be vigilant, practice physical distancing (staying at least 2 meters apart from each other), ensure proper hand hygiene (hand washing with water and soap or use of hand sanitizer when water and soap are not available), and use a mask when in a public area indoors”.
If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, please start self-isolating immediately and call 811 to arrange testing. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
The SHA issues a public health alert as a precaution when we are not able to clearly identify all possible close contacts during a period when there was a risk of transmission of the virus. We know that COVID-19 is easily transmitted and want to ensure residents are aware if there is an elevated risk of community transmission.
It is also important to adhere to public health orders and municipal government guidelines, including limiting your social circles, travel restrictions and not attending large gatherings.
COVID-19 is still present in Saskatchewan and we all have a responsibility to minimize the spread of the disease. Together we can make a positive difference and keep our communities safe.