The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is alerting the public of an increased risk of COVID-19 variants of concern in Lloydminster and area, and is strongly urging residents to strictly adhere to all current public health order and measures, including:
COVID-19 variants of concern are highly contagious, transmitting quickly within the community and can result in more severe disease and should be considered dangerous. The increased spread of COVID-19 and its variants could result in more illness, hospitalizations and deaths, with many of those falling ill younger than previously seen during the pandemic.
COVID-19 and its variants are transmitted through coughing and sneezing (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.
Additional information on variants of concern is available online along with all case numbers, including those cases confirmed as variants of concern.
For testing, residents in the City of Lloydminster can dial 1-877-800-0002 (instead of 811) to access HealthLine 811. This will help ensure direct contact to Saskatchewan’s HealthLine 811 regardless of provincial location. Residents may also contact their physician for a referral or visit your local drive-thru testing site. Testing locations can be found on at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 under Testing Information.
All members of the public are also reminded of the following: