Woman ticketed for violating public health order tests positive for COVID-19: Regina police

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Regina police say they have issued a ticket over a violation of the province's mandatory 14-day self-isolation period for certain individuals. File / Global News

UPDATE: The Regina Police Service say the woman who was issued a ticket for failing to comply with a public health order, has tested positive for COVID-19.

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On Monday, Regina police say officers issued their first ticket for a violation of the province’s public health order during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police said the ticket was given to a 23-year-old woman after officers were informed by public health officials that she was not complying with a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period.

According to a news release, the woman was fined $2,800.

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On March 26, a public health order was mandated by the government of Saskatchewan to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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It includes a 14-day isolation period for all individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as those who have had close contact with someone with the novel coronavirus that causes the disease.

The 14-day isolation period is also ordered for all individuals who have travelled internationally.

Regina police say they echo the province’s request for compliance.

Anyone who wishes to report a violation of the order is asked to contact 1-855-559-5502.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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