In an effort to alleviate the pressures on the health system, the Saskatchewan government announced today a number of measures, including mandatory self-isolation requirements, expanded access to COVID-19 testing, a verifiable proof of vaccination record, and plans for widespread access to booster doses.
Saskatchewan will enact a public health order requiring individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate for ten days following the positive test result. Close contacts of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 who are not vaccinated will also be required to self-isolate. Individuals who are fully vaccinated and identified as close contacts of a positive case will not be required to self-isolate, but will be required to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and seek testing at the first sign of symptoms.
In order to expand surge capacity in the health system, the Government of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) have announced a reduction in non-critical or elective services. This service cut will be similar to previous service cuts, and it is necessary to make room for acute or urgent services. The resulting temporary service disruptions will be as localized and time-limited as possible to minimize patient impact, and will be announced as they become available through the SHA's standard service disruption public notification processes.
For more information see Saskatchewan Updates Self Isolation Surge Capacity Testing and Vaccination Measures
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