The Saskatchewan Health Authority is cautioning people that they’ve seen a rise in COVID-19 cases, in the more transmissible Delta variant.
The Delta, or B.1.617.2, variant is raising additional concern for its high transmissibility rate and for the added danger of how it impacts unvaccinated people, health officials explain.
With the increase of cases in the Lloydminster area in the past few days, they’re asking people who’ve been informed they’re close contacts to self-isolate if they haven’t received both of their vaccines.
If COVID-19 symptoms develop, people should stay home and book a COVID-19 test. Someone self-isolating should also avoid contact with anyone who is not fully vaccinated. They should also stay away from work, school, stores, social events or any other public setting.
While some people might not show symptoms of COVID-19 when they have it, the most common symptoms are:
- Muscle and/or joint aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite and difficulty feeding for children
- Loss of sense of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
The SHA adds that the best protection against COVID-19 is getting vaccinated, and the SHA will be running several COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Lloydminster over the weekend, which include:
- A drive-thru on Friday, July 30th, Exhibition Grounds (Alberta Building) from 12:30 pm-8:00 pm
- Drop-in on Saturday, July 31st, Exhibition Grounds (Wildrose Pavillion) from 9:00 am-4:00 pm
- Drop-in on Sunday, August 1st, Exhibition Grounds (Wildrose Pavillion) from 9:00 am-4:00 pm
- Drive-thru on Monday, August 2nd, Exhibition Grounds (Alberta Building) from 9:00 am-4:00 pm
In the meantime, people are urged to take as many precautions as they can to protect others as they get their first and second vaccine, to reduce the risk of infecting others.