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Possible coronavirus exposure at businesses in Watrous, Waskesiu Lake, Wakaw

The Canadian Press

Three different businesses in three different small towns hundreds of kilometres apart in northern and central Saskatchewan are named in a possible coronavirus exposure alert from the Saskatchewan Health Authority

An individual who tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, visited the following locations while likely infectious, the health authority said in the alert Tuesday:

  • Co-op Watrous Food Store: Aug. 28 between 3 and 3:30 p.m.
  • Waskesiu Tempo at 848 Waskesiu Dr.: Sept. 5 between 1 and 1:15 p.m.
  • Lake Country Co-op C-Store and Cardlock at Wakaw on Highway 41: Sept. 5 between 3 and 3:30 p.m.

Public health officials advise 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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