Four new presumptive cases of the COVID-19 pandemic have been identified by Saskatchewan Health, bringing the total number in the province to six.
All new cases are related to recent travel.
One resident is a health care worker recovering Northern Saskatchewan with a recent travel history in Alberta, Nigeria and Germany. Two other cases are in their 40s and are in the same household in Regina. One was in Vancouver recently for a dental conference at which one of the other attendees was confirmed to have COVID-19. The two Saskatchewan residents were tested March 13 and are in self-isolation while they recover.
The fourth new case is a person in their 20s with a history of travel to Tennessee, was tested in Regina and is recovering in their home community.
Public health officials are following up with the people the new cases may have been in contact with and may be at risk of developing COVID-19.
A release from the provincial government states: “All travellers returning from international destinations - including the United States – need to self-isolate and monitor their health for 14 days upon return. Travellers returning from within Canada are advised to self-monitor for 14 days upon return. Members of the public who have travelled outside the province in the previous 14 days should not visit hospitals or long-term care facilities.”
Any inquiries from the public can be sent to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca
In addition, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is implementing visitor restrictions within Saskatchewan Health facilities.
This includes hospitals, clinics, community and continuing care facilities.
More information about visitor restrictions can be found here.