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Individual at Beauval General Store tests positive for the coronavirus

Health officials said an individual at the Beauval General Store tested positive for the coronavirus on April 28.
Health officials said an individual at the Beauval General Store tested positive for the coronavirus on April 28. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix via AP

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has issued a public health advisory after an individual at the general store in Beauval, Sask., tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Health officials said the individual tested positive on April 28.

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Anyone who shopped or bought gas at the Beauval General Store between April 12 and April 27 is advised to self-monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19.

If they develop any symptoms, health officials said they should self-isolate immediately and call HealthLine 811 or their community health centre for evaluation and advice.

Self-isolation is an important way of preventing COVID-19 from spreading in Saskatchewan, the SHA said.

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Beauval is roughly 400 kilometres north of Saskatoon, and 215 kilometres southeast of La Loche where an outbreak was declared on April 17.

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As of Tuesday, 29 of the 51 active cases in the north and far north were in La Loche, with nine in nearby communities.

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Non-critical traffic to northern Saskatchewan is currently restricted under a public health order due to the La Loche outbreak.

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.

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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.

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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