Person likely infectious with COVID-19 may have visited 4 Prince Albert businesses: SHA

The SHA is notifying people that a COVID-19 positive individual visited four businesses in Prince Albert, Sask., earlier this month. File / Global News

An alert has been issued to notify the community about four Prince Albert, Sask., businesses where a person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus may have attended while infectious.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) issued the alert on Monday.

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Public health officials said the advisory applies for those at the businesses during the following dates and times:

  • Walmart, Cornerstone, f​rom 10-11 a.m. on Aug. 22;
  • Original Joe’s, Cor​nerstone, from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 22;
  • Mr. Mike’s, Corner​stone, from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 23; and
  • Real Canadian Sup​​​erstore, from 12-12:45 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Officials are advising anyone who was at these locations during the specified times to immediately self-isolate if they have had or currently have COVID-19 symptoms and to call HealthLine 811 to arrange for testing.

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They added that those who are not experiencing symptoms should self-monitor for two weeks.

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According to a press release, if health officials are uncertain that they have identified all known close contacts during a contact investigation, they may take further action to notify the community about possible locations where individuals with COVID-19 may have attended while infectious.

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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.

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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