Starting Saturday, November 14, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) will be discontinuing self-monitoring COVID-19 Public Service Announcements (PSA) for potential exposures at business and other locations. Alerts will only be issued when self-isolation only is immediately required.
COVID-19 is everywhere in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s medical health officers are asking all Saskatchewan residents to self-monitor for COVID symptoms, regardless of where you live in this province. In addition, every resident is asked to ensure you and your family members stay up to date and are following all the guidelines and public health orders. This information can be found in detail at Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
COVID-19 PSA alerts will remain an important tool for primary health care teams. However, these will only be issued at the direction of local medical health officers when they have determined a notification of the broader public is required to inform individuals who may have attended a location or business to immediately self-isolate and seek testing.
These alerts will be issued based on the clinical discretion of the local medical health officer and occur when the following three key criteria are met: all contacts cannot be notified within 48 hours, there is a resulting increased risk to the public, and the direction is needed for public members in attendance to immediately self-isolate as a result of this increased risk.
Reasonable effort will be made to notify business and locations in advance that they will be named in these PSAs. However, this may not always be possible.