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Coronavirus exposed at 2 businesses in Prince Albert

"In general, we like to maintain our prices as long as we can, but this is really an exceptional time," Dollarama chief Larry Rossy said.
Someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 had visited a Dollarama store in Prince Albert while they were likely infectious says the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Credit/Canadian Press

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has issued a public health alert after a person likely infectious with the novel coronavirus visited two businesses in Prince Albert.

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Health officials say the person who tested positive for COVID-19 visited the following businesses while infectious:

  • Dollarama Store on Second Avenue West on Friday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Safeway on Second Avenue West on Friday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Public health officials say anyone who visited these locations on the mentioned dates during the specified times to immediately self-isolate if they had or have symptoms of COVID-19.

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Those with symptoms are advised to call the health line at 811 to get tested for COVID-19.

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All others who are not experiencing symptoms should self-monitor for 14 days.

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“It is important to note that individuals may develop symptoms from two to 14 days following exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19,” said the SHA in a press release.

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

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. 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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