Saskatchewan is now reporting a total of six presumptive cases of coronavirus, with four more surfacing following testing.
A resident in the northern part of the province has tested positive, a healthcare worker with recent travel history to Nigeria, Germany, and Alberta. They are recovering in self-isolation.
Two residents from the same household in Regina have also tested positive, after one returned from a recent trip to Vancouver for a conference at which an attendee was later confirmed to be COVID-19 positive. Both Regina residents were tested Mar. 13 and are self-isolating.
The fourth new presumptive case is another resident with a travel history to Tennessee, who was tested in Regina and is self-isolating in their home community.
Public Health officials will be following up on all four cases, contacting those who may have been in close contact with these individuals to alert them of potential risk.
Government officials are urging residents to avoid all non-essential travel during this time, and for those abroad to return to Canada as soon as possible to avoid future border sanctions or travel restrictions.
For those returning from international travel including the U.S., health officials recommend self-isolation and monitoring symptoms for 14 days upon return. For those returning from travel within Canada, monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return and do not visit hospitals or long-term care facilities.
If you have recently travelled internationally and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, call HealthLine 811 for instructions.
For the latest information about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan and advice on prevention methods, visit saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.