Variants of Concern Community Transmission in Regina
Regina residents are urged to take additional precautions as there is increasing community transmission of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoC).
There are currently 70 confirmed cases of VoCs (64 B1.1.7 UK and 6 B1.351 SA) in Saskatchewan with 62 of those in the Regina area. There are also an additional 77 presumptive positive Variants of Concern in Regina. These have not yet been confirmed with genome sequencing.
At this time, it is recommended that Regina and area residents:
- Particularly those that are over the age of 50 should consider not increasing their household bubbles to include 2-3 households up to 10 people. They should consider remaining with their current household only.
- Limit travel and shopping to essential only.
- Stay home with even mildest symptoms. Stay home if you have been in contact with anyone with mild symptoms.
- Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms.
- Continue practicing physical distancing, frequent handwashing and wear a mask when in public places.
Saskatchewan Health Authority is implementing increased testing and contact tracing and case management. There are 15,500 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine being administered in Regina beginning Sunday with health care workers and opening up on Monday to individuals 64 years of age only. The vaccinations will be available at a drive-thru site at the Regina Exhibition Grounds from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
Public health will be closely monitoring the situation regarding transmission of VoCs for the next two to three days and will taking additional public health measures if the numbers of confirmed positive cases of Variants of Concern do not start to decline.