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Changes to COVID-19 screening in SHA facilities

The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is transitioning to full self screening at all its facilities during March with complete implementation by end of the month.

This means when residents visit an SHA facility they will be asked to review these questions:

  1. Are you currently under federal orders to isolate/quarantine due to recent travel?
  2. Have you or someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days?
  3. In the last 24 hours, have you had any COVID-19 symptoms?

If the answer is YES to any of these, do not enter the facility. There will be a process in place for exemptions in situations such as the end of life.

Officials are asking that visitors to their facilities answer all questions truthfully and continue to follow the mandatory masking policy as everyone entering an SHA facility is still required to wear a medical mask.

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Masking will also apply to acute care facilities and in common areas in long-term care facilities. Masks will be available at the screening stations.

The reminders of the protocols come as officials note that while the public health orders ended February 28th in Saskatchewan, the SHA will still require screening at its facilities to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

More information can be found on the SHA website.

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