Case Definitions are now included in the Saskatchewan Communicable Disease Manual chapter on COVID-19.
Note: Surveillance case definitions for the purpose of standardized case classification and reporting to the Public Health Agency of Canada are not intended to replace clinician or public health practitioner judgment in individual patient management, or intended to be used for the purpose of infection control triage.
Changes to testing criteria (March 25, 2020) prioritize groups at highest risk of local exposure. Changes to testing criteria (April 3, 2020; June 10, 2020) expand testing recommendations to include priority populations and indications for testing asymptomatic persons.
Testing is recommended for: Persons with symptoms (of any severity) compatible with COVID-19.
Testing is available for: Persons without symptoms (asymptomatic) requiring or requesting testing for screening.
Testing is prioritized for:
Note: Health care workers (HCW) is defined as:
Note: Criteria will be routinely reviewed and updated based on epidemiology. Testing >48 hours after symptom onset will minimize false negative test results but should not be delayed if testing will change individual patient management.
Persons are required to self-isolate immediately if:
Persons are required to self-monitor if:
Final results of COVID-19 testing from RRPL are reported to the Ordering Physician as indicated on the requisition.
As a disease of public health significance, all positive results are reported immediately to the local MHO/Public Health Unit.
MHO/Public Health Unit may contact the Ordering Physician for information to inform case and contact investigation.
Per the Saskatchewan Communicable Disease Control Manual, Physicians are required to notify MHO/Public Health Unit immediately if:
These recommendations are developed and reviewed by the Senior Medical Health Officer with Provincial Clinical Departments of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Laboratory Medicine and provided with the support of the provincial Chief Medical Health Officer.
Please note that guidance will continue to be updated as situation evolves within Saskatchewan and across Canada, and based on evidence and best practice.