During an event like Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the role of public health is to limit the spread of an illness through surveillance, containment and education. The best personal protection against novel coronavirus is informed, evidence-based information.
Whether a member of the public or a healthcare provider, COVID-19 information is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.
• For the general public, there is public health guidance for those travelling from Hubei province and China, and questions and answers on the illness and when to stay at home and not go to work or school.
• For healthcare providers, there are guidance documents on screening for respiratory illnesses and management of returning travellers or COVID-19 inquiries, and policy on infection prevention and control measures.
As of February 13, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province and the risk in Saskatchewan remains low.
“While the risk to residents in Saskatchewan remains low, we are working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada on preparedness, procedures and reporting to quickly identify and manage any cases that present for care,” Saskatchewan Ministry of Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. “Canada has multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond to the spread of serious infectious diseases like novel coronavirus.”
Information for the public and healthcare providers will be updated frequently and the public should check www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus for the latest information.
Public health’s advice as of February 13, 2020, is that anyone who has travelled from China’s Hubei province needs to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the date that they left Hubei. Do not go to school, university, work or social events. Actively monitor for symptoms such as fever and cough. If even minor symptoms develop, call HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction. Those who have had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19 should also self-isolate and actively monitor for symptoms for 14 days from that point of contact.
People arriving from other parts of China need to actively monitor for symptoms and symptoms of their children for 14 days from the date that they left China. If there are even mild symptoms (fever, cough), do not go to school or work and call HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.