In today’s COVID-19 world, it can be hard to know whether you should stay at home, go to the doctor or seek emergency care when you are feeling ill. A good rule of thumb is to call HealthLine 811, your family physician or your nurse practitioner if you have minor symptoms like a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. If your symptoms worsen significantly or you are experiencing significant distress, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency department.
When to stay home
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay at home, call HealthLine 811 and follow the advice provided. COVID-19 symptoms include: 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 or difficulty feeding for children, loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
COVID-19 testing sites are open across Saskatchewan and drive-thru testing is available in some locations.
When to go the doctor
Call your family physician, nurse practitioner or community clinic for everyday healthcare needs. It is also important that you continue to connect with your provider about the care of any chronic diseases you may be living with. Family physicians are providing safe care through virtual and in person visits.
The SHA continues to provide safe home visits from community teams and services, including Home Care. These care providers follow enhanced guidelines to ensure safe visits when caring for people in their homes.
When to seek emergency care
If you are experiencing significant distress or your symptoms worsen significantly, you or someone in your household should call 9-1-1 or take you to the emergency department.
Local emergency departments and hospitals remain a safe place for people to go to when they need help. Every precaution has been taken to ensure a safe and protected care environment for all patients. Since the pandemic was declared, we have enhanced screening of patients to ensure the right precautions are being taken, increased cleaning of our care environments and equipment, and have limited visitors and public use of Saskatchewan Health Authority facilities.
When to go to an assessment and treatment site
If you test positive for COVID-19, your healthcare provider may refer you to an assessment and treatment site for COVID-19, which are located across Saskatchewan to reduce in-person visits to emergency departments. These sites provide in-person care, assessment and treatment for individuals presenting with escalating symptoms consistent with COVID-19, those confirmed positive with COVID-19 who have other health conditions, or those in self-isolation due to travel or a public health directive.
Get vaccinated when you become eligible
The first phase of Saskatchewan's vaccine delivery plan began on December 22, 2020. Phase one of the vaccine plan focuses on high-risk populations including long-term care and personal care home residents and staff, priority healthcare workers, seniors over 70 and residents over 50 living in remote/northern Saskatchewan. Immunization will occur as vaccine is delivered to the province.
Phase two is anticipated to begin April 2021. It will continue priority population immunization and begin general population immunization for 10-year age increments: 60-69, 50-59, 40-49, 30-39, 16-29 (Pfizer) and 18-29 (Moderna).
More information on the province vaccine roll-out can be found here www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation to contain the spread of COVID-19. To prevent becoming infected: