Saskatchewan has entered its first phase of service resumption, which means that in pockets of the province some everyday health services are being provided to the public.
In most cases, the public will have a different health care experience than prior to the pandemic due to the additional measures put in place to protect patients and staff, including:
The SHA is asking for patience as these practices are necessary for safety reasons, but may cause some delay for patients seeking care.
Health services being resumed will be published at the link below, in conjunction with direct or local communications to patients and clients. Patients are encouraged to check the SHA website before they visit at saskhealthauthority.ca/service-resumption.
Surgical patients are reminded that they will be contacted by their physicians, if their surgery is to be included within the expanded “urgent six week” surgeries. You are not required to follow-up with your doctor. Specific information on surgical wait times can be found on the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative website.
Details on the SHA’s Service Resumption Plan can be found at saskatchewan.ca/COVID-19 under Health System Pandemic Response.
Effective Reproductive Number
A statistic being reported weekly in Saskatchewan is the Effective Reproductive Number (ERN). The ERN reflects the average number of people one person with the virus in Saskatchewan is likely to infect at the current time, after the effects of interventions have been factored in. An ERN consistently below 1.0 means the virus is being managed effectively through personal and public health preventative measures.
This past week, the models have been further enhanced to incorporate improved access to real-time data, resulting in a clearer picture of ERN in local areas, particularly in the Far North-North. The ERN has continued to decline to 1.87 in the Far North-North reflecting a slowing in the spread of the virus, although it is still above 1.0. The rest of the province remains relatively stable at 0.62.
SHA to Expand Testing
Starting on May 25, 2020, Saskatchewan residents can call Healthline 811 to determine if they can be referred for testing based on the additional expanded testing guidelines.
Current Testing Guidelines:
Additional Expanded Testing Guidelines: