About COVID 19
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. COVID-19 is a new, infectious coronavirus that was unknown before the outbreak began in December 2019.
At this time, prevention remains the best way to protect yourself and others around you.
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.
Symptoms have included:
- difficulty breathing
- pneumonia in both lungs
If you are feeling unwell and/or showing signs of illness, you should self-isolate for 14 days. Even if your illness and symptoms are not consistent to that of the COVID-19 virus, please stay home and monitor your symptoms and reduce your contact with others:
- isolate yourself at home for 14 days to avoid spreading it to others
- if you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance
- visit a health care professional or call your local public health authority
- call ahead to tell them your symptoms and follow their instructions
If you meet the criteria for testing:
- Call Healthline at 811
- Email the Student Wellness Centre at email@example.com
- If you live in residence, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone or Virtual Doctor Visits
Saskatchewan residents with a valid provincial health card can book virtual or telephone appointments with a doctor. The new virtual services, which will be supported through a new payment code for physicians, will enable patients to connect with physicians by telephone effective immediately. The Government of Saskatchewan will cover the costs of the service. Please contact your doctor’s office to inquire about this service.
Home Pharmacy Delivery
The following local pharmacies offer free home or mail delivery of your prescriptions.
Other pharmacies may offer home delivery services. Please contact your pharmacy for more information.
Dedicated COVID-19 Hotline
The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has launched a dedicated, toll-free phone line for people who have general questions about the COVID-19 pandemic that are not health-specific.
The line will be staffed 18 hours a day, from 6 am to 10 pm, by emergency operators who will be able to answer questions or point people to information ranging from government services to travel restrictions.
Call toll-free: 1-855-559-5502, or 306-787-8539 for Regina residents.
If people have symptoms or health concerns, they are encouraged to phone 811.
Sign up for MySaskHealthRecord
With MySaskHealthRecord you can track your personal health information online anywhere, anytime. Once you register for MySaskHealthRecord, you will have quick and easy access to a secure website that contains your personal health information, such as:
- Laboratory Test Results
- Medical Imaging Reports
- Clinical Visit History, such as hospital visits
Social distancing is a public health tactic that helps slow down the transmission and spread of contagious illnesses like COVID-19.
The Government of Saskatchewan is limiting the size of public and private gatherings to a maximum of 10 people in one room, effective March 26, 2020. Exceptions are provided where two-metre distancing between people can be maintained, such as: workplaces and meeting settings where people are distributed into multiple rooms or buildings; and retail locations deemed essential.
- when possible, keep 2m (6ft) of distance between you and other people, and avoid shaking hands and hugging
- minimize in-person meetings and group activities; use phone, teleconference and other technologies for meetings
- avoid crowded places if possible
Self-isolation is an effective precautionary measure to protect those around you – your family, friends, colleagues – from contracting COVID-19. It means taking simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like you would with the seasonal flu virus.
- In line with provincial and federal travel guidelines, faculty, staff and students returning from any international travel (including the U.S.A.) should not come to campus for 14 calendar days after their return from travel.
- Stay home and report if sick or if notified that you may have possibly been in contact with someone with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
- If you are sick, it is imperative that you stay home and do not spread your illness. Even if it is not COVID-19, please stay home and monitor your symptoms.
- If you attended an event within the past 14 days and received notification that you may have been in contact with a fellow traveller or attendee who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing, please self-isolate for 14 days and monitor yourself daily for symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing).
If you have any concerns about your health or possible exposure to COVID-19 call the Healthline at 811.
Living through the COVID-19 pandemic can cause us stress and anxiety
Coping with loneliness that self-isolation can cause or fear about the health of loved ones can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. It's OK to reach out and ask for help in these trying times. Here are some mental health resources to help during this difficult time.
If you are a University of Saskatchewan student in crisis or distress, or if you just need to talk with someone, please call 306-966-5757 or email email@example.com and we will connect you with a member of the Student Affairs and Outreach team.
If you need help, use the university's employee and family assistance program.
Also, be considerate to people around you. The World Health Organization has put out a Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak factsheet.
Saskatchewan Health Authority
- All Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) mental health inpatient units for adults, children and youth remain open for admissions as needed.
- Regular intake phone lines are operating, including HealthLine 811 which has mental health services available providing 24/7 assistance or referral.
Family Health Services
Family Service Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, supports free mental health walk-in clinics. These clinics offer free one-time counselling sessions which are now available by phone.
Government of Saskatchewan
- Kids Help Phone offers professional counselling, information and referrals. You can phone, text or chat online. It's confidential, free and available 24/7.
- Call 1-800-668-6868
- Text CONNECT to 686868
- Chat online at kidshelpphone.ca
- Mobile Crisis centres are located across Saskatchewan and operate 24/7.
- Farm Stress Line provides support for farmers and ranchers and is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To get help, call 1-800-667-4442.
For after-hours support, please contact Saskatoon Mobile Crisis at 306-933-6200 or Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566.
At this time, prevention remains the best way to protect yourself and others around you from COVID-19.
Wash your hands frequently – for at least 20 seconds
Sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing.
Do not touch surfaces and then your mouth, eyes or nose.
Practice social distancing by not shaking hands, hugging, etc.
Stay home if you become ill and prevent the spread of the illness.
Strategies for Safety in the workplace
The following COVID-19 safety strategies are recommended for staff in the workplace.
- Workers should complete the COVID-19 Self-Monitoring Checklist daily to ensure they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
- Supervisors can request copies of this form, when needed
- If a worker is exhibiting symptoms, they must self-isolate at home and inform their supervisor
- Prior to beginning their shift, workers must wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Workers must avoid touching their eyes nose, and mouth
- Workers should maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters apart, which means:
- Moving workstations so that physical distances are maintained
- Don’t share small enclosed spaces, such as vehicles, offices, and bathrooms
- If possible, move workstations so that physical distances are increased
- Workers must not share glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, etc.
- Workers must not share pens, pencils, cell phones, radios
- Custodial has increased cleaning of common surfaces and touchpoints:
- Light switches
- Sinks and faucets
- Evaluate the workplace for other common touchpoints and ensure good hand hygiene is implemented after touching these areas
- Alternate work schedules to meet the demands of the unit while limiting close contact with others
- Identify work that can be done from home or remotely
- Avoid in-person meetings, and use remote work collaboration technologies instead (i.e. Zoom, Microsoft Meetings, etc.)
- Do not allow visitors during this time
- Coffee breaks and lunch breaks should occur at staggered times to prevent multiple individuals from sitting in small, enclosed spaces
Additional Strategies for Supervisors:
- Determine high hazard areas for COVID-19 spread and implement appropriate measures to minimize the risk
- Ensure a communication plan is in place for individuals who are self-isolating due to travel, have come in contact with a positive COVID-19 case, or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
- Ensure all staff are trained on the local Emergency Response Plan and Working Alone and After Hours Plan for COVID-19
- Ensure individuals are adequately trained on the COVID-19 Strategies for Safety in the Workplace