The Saskatchewan Health Authority is strengthening screening and masking requirements in a further attempt to squash COVID-19.

After several days of more recoveries than new cases, the SHA is going ahead with daily COVID-19 screens at their locations, which they say is a preemptive measure.

Starting Wednesday, April 15th 2020, all staff, physicians, learners, trainees, vendors and contractors will be checked before entering facilities.  While working, they’ll be monitored for any influenza-like symptoms. Eventually, this will mean a standard of once a day screenings and twice a day temperature checks as well.

In addition, anyone working or moving through a patient area will be required to wear a mask at all times. SHA will be working on phasing these priorities into all long-term care facilities, hospitals, primary care sites, as well as affiliates.

People are reminded to continue good hygiene and physical distancing to help the initiatives be successful.

As of April 14th, there have been nine more COVID-19 recoveries, seven still in hospital, and one new case across the province. This brings the active total to 110 cases out of 301 reported.

In the North Zone, which includes the Lloydminster area, there are 15 active cases, one in hospital and 41 recoveries.

To date, 20,282 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province, the second-highest nationwide. 19,146 people have been confirmed negative.