From Friday, those who received a positive COVID-19 test result on a PCR or rapid antigen test will be required to isolate themselves for five days, regardless of vaccination status.
The province also said that close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases would no longer be necessary to isolate themselves, regardless of vaccination status.
Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman was asked during a COVID-19 update on Thursday whether proof-of-vaccination mandates would continue.
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“At the moment it is in place until the end of February and we are going to continue with the masking, the verification and the negative tests,” he said, adding that “it is constantly evolving.”
Merriman and the province’s chief medical officer, dr. Saqib Shahab, addressed reporters during their Thursday COVID-19 update.
“COVID-19 response needs to move on to adapt to the challenges of the current Omicron wave, given the increased portability of the Omicron variant,” health officials said. “As well as wide acceptance of rapid home tests and the proven efficacy of COVID-19 vaccinations.”
Health officials say those who tested positive would be required to isolate themselves for five days from the date of the test or 24 hours after their fever disappeared without the aid of fever-reducing medication. The person should have been symptom-free for 48 hours.
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Parents and caregivers will no longer be expected to inform schools about positive test results. However, health officials are asking those who do come in contact with a positive COVID-19 case to monitor for symptoms themselves and continue to use publicly available rapid antigen tests for asymptomatic surveillance.
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“If you are currently self-isolating for 10 days because you are an unvaccinated confirmed case or a close contact of a case, you may be able to change your self-isolation period from 12:00, January 28,” health officials said.
That policy applies to those who are asymptomatic, but those who are symptomatic should continue to isolate themselves until symptoms disappear.
The Minister of Health continues to encourage residents to help self-monitoring, self-testing and self-management to prevent transmission, given the portability of the Omicron variant.
Officials confirm that the Public Health Order (PHO) will remain in force, which includes mandatory masking in all indoor public spaces including schools; mandatory self-isolation is required for all confirmed cases; and proof of vaccination or negative testing requirements are in place for public access to a list of institutions, businesses and venues.
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For more details on current public health orders, visit the province’s website.
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