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Sask premier and health minister are monitoring for COVID-19 after case was confirmed at news conference

Sask. health minister monitor for COVID-19 after case confirmed at news conference

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  • Saskatchewan’s premier and health minister monitored COVID-19 after being potentially exposed to the virus during a news conference in Regina on Dec. 30. 
  • At the news conference, the premier and health minister were seen wearing masks, which they only removed to speak.

After being potentially exposed to COVID-19 during a news conference in Regina on Dec. 30, Saskatchewan’s premier and health minister monitored the virus.

As per the government statement sent to the news media on Tuesday, a person who attended the media availability later tested positive for COVID-19.

Premier Scott Moe and Health Minister Paul Merriman “have been routinely monitoring their status with rapid tests,” according to Merriman. Anyone who attended the media availability is encouraged to do so again.

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According to the government, the person who tested positive does not work in the legislative building.

According to a government spokesperson, Moe and Merriman are not considered close contacts under the province’s current definition.

A person must not be fully vaccinated and live with a positive case, have direct physical contact with a positive case, or be exposed to a positive case’s infectious bodily fluids to be considered a close contact in Saskatchewan.

According to the government, all COVID-19 protocols were followed during the news conference, including masking, physical distancing, and proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Sask. health minister monitor for COVID-19 after case confirmed at news conference
Sask. health minister monitor for COVID-19 after positive case at news conference. Image from Deccan Herald

At the news conference, the premier and health minister were seen wearing masks, which they only removed to speak.

During the press conference, Moe announced that Saskatchewan would reduce the time spent in self-isolation for fully vaccinated people to five days. The 10-day isolation period remains the same for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people.

According to Moe, asymptomatic people who test positive for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test should no longer get a PCR test to confirm their status.

People who are experiencing symptoms or priority populations such as health care workers, care home residents, or those who are medically vulnerable should still get PCR tests.

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