Sask. medical officers of health urge people to stay home this Easter

 Sask.  medical officers of health urge people to stay home this Easter

“We ask you to ask yourself, ‘Just because I can do it, should I do it? “”

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Twenty medical officers of health have joined forces to call on all Saskatchewan residents to keep COVID-19 at bay over the Easter long weekend.

In an open letter to everyone in the province, health experts urged people to go beyond public health measures to ensure they are not helping COVID-19 in its rapid spread, especially since worrying variants (VOCs) continue to circulate.

“Inter-household transmission is one of the main causes of transmission of COVID. Vacation trips have the potential to spread the virus across the province. We usually see increases in cases after the holidays. Easter brings us to another tipping point, ”the letter read.

He goes on to urge everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they can, reassuring people that all available vaccines are safe and effective. He also called on residents to continue to adhere to public health rules such as physical distancing, wearing masks and seclusion immediately before getting tested if you have symptoms.

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But the letter also called health orders the “bare minimum” that people should do to protect themselves and others.

“Like going through a bad snowstorm, the risks are too great if we go at the speed limit without taking into account the icy roads and reduced visibility that threaten to plunge us into the ditch. So have a plan to protect yourself and those you love, ”he says.

“We ask you to ask yourself, ‘Just because I can do it, should I do it?'”

While private indoor gatherings are currently reserved for immediate households only in Regina and surrounding areas, other parts of the province are allowed to bubble together for up to three households with a total of up to 10 people. Instead of congregating in the bubbles of their homes, the medical officers of health encouraged people to leave the Easter gathering for next year and stick only to their immediate homes and avoid traveling outside their home. community of origin.

Over the past week, Regina continued to be responsible for the bulk of new VOC cases, but variants have also increased in southern Saskatchewan. Saskatoon also reported 21 new cases of VOCs on Wednesday.

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