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Go to the doctor when needed even during COVID-19 times, SHA reminds

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is reminding people to continue to seek medical attention when needed.

Health officials say they’re putting the information out because, in the world of COVID-19, it can be hard for some people to know when or if they should seek medical attention.

The SHA explains that a good rule of thumb is to call Healthline 811 or their doctor if minor COVID-19 symptoms like fever, vomiting or diarrhoea appear. If someone’s in medical distress,  they should call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room, whatever the reason.

Attend to regular care when needed, SHA reminds

The SHA says even though COVID-19 is a focus right now, people should continue checking in with their doctors right now, especially those living with ongoing or chronic conditions.

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They remind people that medical professionals are working on providing safe care through virtual and in-person visits and that home care providers follow enhanced guidelines for safe work when they’re at patient’s home.

When it’s time to seek emergency care

If someone’s in medical distress or COVID-19 symptoms have gotten worse, the SHA says the emergency room remains an option. They say they’ve made health care facilities safer through enhanced care environment and equipment cleaning and reducing the limited visitors and public use of Saskatchewan Health Authority facilities.

It’s also possible that in some cases of worsening COVID-19 symptoms or who already has an underlying condition, they’d be recommended to assessment and treatment site for COVID-19.

These sites around the province are to reduce in-person visits to emergency departments, assessing and treating the virus. They also help those in self-isolation due to travel or a public health directive.

The SHA is also reminding people to keep up anti-infection measures like washing thoroughly, masking up keeping social and public circles small and staying home when sick.

They also urge people to get vaccinated when it is their time.

It was announced earlier this week that April 2021 is the anticipated start date for that, beginning with people 60 to 69 years old and moving in age increments from there.

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