The Saskatchewan Health Authority is encouraging all Moose Jaw area residents to take additional precautions in light of increasing community transmission of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoC) in the area.
Variants of Concern mode of transmission and the symptoms are the same as the original strain of COVID-19 virus. However, evidence indicates that these Variants of Concern are 36 to 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 current VoCs 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-19 in Saskatchewan.
Moose Jaw area residents are strongly encouraged to do the following:
For both COVID-19 and VOCs, the SHA asks all Saskatchewan households to remember:
COVID-19 is 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. Stay home if you have symptoms and monitor yourself.
Get tested: Learn more about testing and regularly take the online self-assessment at Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19. Call HealthLine 811 or your physician for a referral or visit your local drive-thru testing site.
Care for yourself and others: Anyone at any age can contract COVID-19. Be kind to each other and to health-care workers.
Download the COVID-19 Alert APP: The Health Canada COVID Alert app is available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app store. The app is another tool available to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by letting people know of possible exposures without sharing any personal information. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Apps webpage.