The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is alerting the public of an increased risk of COVID-19 variants of concern in Lloydminster and is strongly urging residents to:
Variants of concern are dangerous; they are highly contagious, transmitting more quickly and to more people within the community. The increased spread of COVID-19 and its variants result in more illness, hospitalizations and deaths. Many of those falling ill are much 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 of COVID-19 and its variants: 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 and arrange for immediate testing if you have any mild symptoms or develop only one or two symptoms.
Additional information on variants of concern is available online along with all case numbers including those cases confirmed as variants of concern.
All members of the public are also reminded of the following: