The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning people who have visited the Turtleford Co-op Grocery Store to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
Health officials say that while the risk of transmission to the general public is low in this case, people are urged to check themselves for symptoms if they’ve been to the store anytime on or after July 28th. Monitoring should be kept up until 14 days after their last visit to the Turtleford Co-op Grocery Store.
Contact tracing is currently underway, with the SHA reaching out to anyone who may have come in contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19. Health officials say if they are uncertain that they’ve contacted everyone that came into close contact with the person while they were infectious, they will provide further updates to the community.
Meanwhile, as a precaution, the SHA will be limiting visitation to the Riverside Health Complex. Family and support persons will only be allowed to visit for compassionate care reasons. This means visitors for paitents receiving end-of-life care, major surgery, intensive care, critical care, or a care partner aiding in clinical care.
People visiting for these reasons will undergo a health and temperature screening, have to wash their hands extensively, and wear a medical mask. Other protective equipment may be required as well, depending on if it’s needed.
Visitors will not be allowed to wait in common areas or waiting rooms. People are also encouraged to make use of digital ways of visiting their loved ones whenever possible for the time being.
Residents are told to continue health habits such as frequent handwashing, physical distancing, and wearing a mask when physical distancing proves difficult.
If someone finds they have developed COVID-19 symptoms, they should begin a 14-day self-isolation immediately. These symptoms include:
- muscle and/or joint aches and pains
- sore throat
- runny nose
- nasal congestion
- loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children)
- loss of sense of taste or smell
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
If someone has these symptoms, they can call Healthlink 8-1-1 or their physician to begin the testing process.