The Saskatchewan Health Authority is encouraging all Saskatchewan residents to be vigilant, get tested if you have symptoms and get immunized when eligible, especially now as COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoC) continue to appear in areas across our province.
VOCs mode of transmission (aerosol droplets and on shared surfaces) and the symptoms are the same as the original strain of COVID-19 virus. However, evidence indicates that these variants of concern are 70 percent more transmissible, meaning it spreads more easily. Older residents and those with underlying health conditions continue to be those at greatest risk of severe illness and death.
The SHA encourages you to stay safe tonight with St. Patrick Day’s activities, as well as during other special occasions, by remembering the following:
The current variant strains in Saskatchewan are B1.1.7 (first identified in the United Kingdom) and B1.351 (first identified in South Africa). All current COVID-19 testing in Saskatchewan will detect all variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The latest location and numbers regarding VOC are posted daily on saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 under Cases and Risks of COVID-10 in Saskatchewan.
Regina and Area Residents
Those living in and around Regina are asked to take additional precautions in light of increasing community transmission of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoC) in the area (as well as an increase in new daily cases and total active cases). The majority of Saskatchewan’s VOCs are currently active in Regina and area, and residents are strongly encouraged to do the following:
Finally, for both COVID-19 and VOCs, the SHA asks all Saskatchewan households to remember: