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SHA advises of COVID-19 variant increase in Lloydminster

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is advising the Lloydminster public of an increase in COVID-19 variants in the area.

While the Public Safety Announcement doesn’t add any new public health guidelines here, it does advise continuing to follow the ones existing. These include physical distancing, wearing a mask in public spaces, avoiding gatherings or unnecessary travel and frequently washing hands.

When it comes to the workspace, if someone can work from home its advised that they do. If not, they should follow workplace guidelines to avoid transmission there. If they’re sick, especially with any COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home. Call 811 to arrange COVID testing when needed, the SHA says.

Symptoms include: fever, cough, headache, muscle and/or joint aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, dizziness, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children), loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.

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The SHA also notes that variants of concern are more contagious and can result in more illness, hospitalization or death. It’s also impacted young people at a higher rate than seen before in the pandemic.

Health officials are also calling on people to get their vaccines when they can, as eligibility ages continue to get lower. All vaccines will be open to all those over 12 by May 20th, the province has previously stated, baring any delays.

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