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Self-isolation and close contact protocols are being relaxed in Saskatchewan.

Self-isolation and close contact protocols in Saskatchewan are being eased

Key Takeaways:

  • Citizens who test positive for COVID-19 on a PCR or rapid antigen test, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to self-isolate for five days beginning Friday.
  • According to the CBC’s vaccine tracker, 47.79 percent of people aged 18 and up in the province have received their third dose.

Saskatchewan is changing its protocols for self-isolation and close contact. Citizens who test positive for COVID-19 on the PCR or rapid antigen test, despite vaccination status, would have to self-isolate for 5 days starting Friday.

Those who were not fully vaccinated previously had to self-isolate for ten days.

Furthermore, as of Friday, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a close contact — regardless of vaccination status.

“The Omicron variant is still spreading, resulting in many cases. However, compared to previous waves, significantly fewer cases result in serious outcomes. “At a news conference on Thursday, Health Minister Paul Merriman stated.

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Parents and caregivers will no longer be needed to notify schools about positive test results for close contact notification. However, students will be required to remain at home for the duration of their isolation.

Current public health orders in Saskatchewan, including indoor masking, proof of vaccination, and negative test requirements, will remain in effect until the end of February.

According to Dr. Saqib Shahab, the provincial chief medical health officer, getting vaccinated, including a booster shot, will be critical in managing the pandemic in the future.

According to the CBC’s vaccine tracker, the provincial rate of individuals 18 and older who have got third doses is 47.79 percent. Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon are Saskatchewan.

Self-isolation and close contact protocols in Saskatchewan are being eased
Self-isolation and close contact protocols in Saskatchewan are being eased. Image from CBC News

‘A string of misfortunes’

According to NDP Leader Ryan Meili, the govt’s decisions during the Omicron wave have been a “series of disappointments.”

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Meili stated, “Scott Moe, as well as his choices, are actively working on expanding Omicron.”

Dr. Alex Wong, an infectious infection specialist in Regina, believes that eliminating case notification in schools, eliminating the requirement for close contacts to self-isolate, and shortening the self-isolation period are all steps implemented too soon.

“Every jurisdiction globally is thinking about what the fresh normal will look like, and we also have to figure out what it will look like… Having said that, the conflict for me is that we’re currently amid our Omicron surge, “Wong told CBC News about it.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Saskatchewan have surpassed levels not seen since the province’s fourth wave peaked, and there is no sign of them slowing down.

Relaxing isolation protocols and failing to notify schools of COVID cases, according to Wong, “facilitates the virus’s spread.”

“All I wish we could have done was wait a few more weeks,” Wong said.

Source: CBC News

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