COVID-19: Sask. reduces the requirement for self-insulation, no collection restrictions come to the province

The Saskatchewan government is making changes to its requirements for self-insulation and test rules.

The requirement for self-isolation is now five days from the test date or 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased, whichever is later, down from 10 days for fully vaccinated persons.

Those who have not been vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated should still isolate themselves for 10 days from the test date or 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped, whichever is later.

With immediate effect, if fully vaccinated and asymptomatic individuals test positive on a rapid test, they will not be required to have a PCR test to confirm the diagnosis and are required to isolate themselves for five days.

PCR testing is still recommended for those who have symptoms and priority population groups such as health care professionals, long-term and personal nursing home residents, and anyone who cares for vulnerable populations.

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If individuals test positive for either a rapid antigen test or PCR test, they are asked to notify their close contacts. This is anyone with whom they have been in close contact – within two meters – for more than 15 minutes.

Close contacts should be isolated for 14 days from the date of last exposure unless they are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms. The government advises close contacts to take rapid tests if they are asymptomatic, ideally between day five and day seven of the 14-day isolation.

Prime Minister Scott Moe said this is an attempt to reduce the strain on the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s test sites.

Moe said there will be no collection restrictions or other public measures coming to the province at this time.

Both Moe and Health Minister Paul Merriman defended the government’s choice not to implement further restrictions.


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“We are not downplaying this at all … we are in a better position right now than other provinces,” Merriman said.

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He said the province is in a “good position” due to the abundance of COVID-19 rapid antigen testing and vaccine booster program.

“We have seen other provinces that have had restrictions in and their cases are still rising,” Merriman added.

Merriman added that if Ontario and Quebec, which are experiencing record-breaking cases, begin to see an increase in their hospitalizations, then Saskatchewan would “make a different decision” when it comes to restrictions.

Although there are no collection size limits, Saskatchewan’s senior medical health officer advised residents to have only up to 10 people, or two to three households, in your home at a time.

Dr. Saqib Shahab added that Omicron affects individuals differently based on their vaccination status.

“Over the next few weeks and months, many of us, despite our best efforts, will be exposed to Omicron. Most of us who are fully vaccinated and (have) boosters will either have no symptoms or will have mild symptoms, ”Shahab said.

As of Thursday’s COVID-19 daily update, there are 2,176 active cases in the province. There have been 117 confirmed Omicron cases, and 1,055 probable cases detected through screening.

In a video posted on his Twitter page on December 23, Moe said collection restrictions and other measures have not been “ruled out” this week.

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“We do not want to go back to shutting down activities, restricting businesses in our communities and taking your personal liberties from us,” he added.

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He asked residents to get their booster shots and use quick test kits to help control the spread of the virus.


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