An alert has been issued to notify residents about three businesses in Saskatchewan where a person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus may have attended while infectious earlier this month.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) issued the alert on Tuesday.
Public health officials said the advisory applies for those at businesses in Foam Lake, Saskatoon and Wynyard during the following dates and times:
- Saskatoon Walmart at Preston Crossing on Sept. 4 from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.;
- Saskatoon Walmart at Preston Crossing on Sept. 5 from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.;
- Saskatoon Walmart at Preston Crossing on Sept. 7 from 2:30 p.m.-10 p.m.;
- Saskatoon Walmart at Preston Crossing on Sept. 10 from 2:30 p.m.-11 p.m.;
- Foam Lake Husky on Sept. 6 from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; and
- Wynyard A&W on Sept. 6 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
SHA 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.
They added that those who may be at risk but are not experiencing symptoms should self-monitor for two weeks.
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.
Foam Lake is roughly 230 kilometres east of Saskatoon while Wynyard is 180 kms.
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