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Public health alert issued for possible coronavirus exposure at Swift Current businesses

SHA said it issues public health alerts as a precaution when it is not able to clearly identify all possible close contacts during a period when there was a risk of transmission.
SHA said it issues public health alerts as a precaution when it is not able to clearly identify all possible close contacts during a period when there was a risk of transmission. Getty Images

UPDATE: 4 more Swift Current, Sask. businesses flagged for possible COVID-19 exposure

A public health alert has been issued for possible COVID-19 exposures at several businesses in Swift Current, Sask., and surrounding area.

​The Saskatc​​hewan Health Authority (SHA) announced on Tuesday that people, who were at the businesses, tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of July 11.

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Officials said the public health alert applies for those at the businesses at the following times:

  • K Motel: June 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. and July 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Credit Un​​ion: July 4, multiple times
  • Dickson A​​gencies: July 4, multiple times
  • Lac Pelletier Regio​​nal Park Golf Course clubhouse south of Swift Current: July 5, 3:45-4 p.m.
  • Great W​​​est Auto Electric Ltd (Bumper-to-Bumper): July 6 and July 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Walm​art: July 7, 6:30-6:45 p.m.
  • Pion​​eer Co-op Grocery store: July 7, 5:20-5:50 p.m.
  • Canadi​​an Tire: July 7, 7:50-8 p.m.
  • Canad​ian Tire: July 8, 12:30-1 p.m.
  • Cabri ​Co-op northwest of Swift Current: July 9, 11-11:15 a.m.
  • Canadi​an Tire: July 10, unknown time.

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According to the alert, anyone who atte​​​nded these businesses during the listed times should be monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. If COVID-19 symptoms develop, people are further advised to isolate and contact HealthLine 811.

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SHA said all the businesses have been complying with COVID-19 guidelines.

“The SHA issues a pu​blic health alert as a precaution when we are not able to clearly identify all possible close contacts during a period when there was a risk of transmission of the virus,” read a SHA statement.

“In general, businesses in the province have been compliant with public health measures; however, we know that COVID-19 is easily transmitted and want to ensure residents are aware if they have been at the businesses during the listed times.”

Swift Current is approximately 230 kilometres west of Regina.

Nearly 40% of Saskatchewan’s workforce has received CERB
Nearly 40% of Saskatchewan’s workforce has received CERB

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

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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. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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