This new step was presented at a press conference at the Provincial Emergency Operations Center on Thursday.
From that date, PCR testing will only be available to those at considerable risk, including immunocompromised patients, pregnant women, newborns, hospitalized patients and essential workers as well as some rural Indigenous communities. .
To receive a PCR test, citizens will need to make an appointment by calling 811.
On February 10, the Saskatchewan Health Authority will release the latest daily numbers regarding the status of COVID-19 in the province. Thereafter, the statistics will be presented on a weekly basis.
Starting in April, this data will be reported monthly and will focus on vulnerable populations.
Next fall, if a new wave of COVID-19 arises, the province will return to a weekly reporting of infection cases.
” The Omicron variant is more contagious, but it creates many more asymptomatic cases or with less severe symptoms. »
So, according to Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Saqib Shahab, COVID-19 will be treated like other provincially monitored respiratory illnesses such as influenza.
We sympathize with the health network which adapts to the immense pressure represented by the Omicron variantsays Dr. Saqib Shahab.
However, he notes that the current wave of infections due to the Omicron variant will continue for a few more weeks.
Focus on individual responsibility
Saskatchewanians are therefore encouraged to carry out their own risk management, including monitoring their symptoms and isolating themselves if necessary.
The province will primarily monitor the spread of the virus among vulnerable populations and higher-risk settings, such as long-term care centers and prisons.
Unless there is a truancy rate of 10% to 20% in schools, schools will not have to share information about potential outbreaks.
Workplaces will be asked to follow the province’s episodic recommendations if necessary, adapting their interventions according to the type of space occupied by employees.