Effective December 17, 2020, the mandatory self-isolation period for COVID-positive individuals has changed to at least 10 days (from 14 days previously).
The 10-day isolation period applies to COVID-positive people only.
People who are a close contact to a positive case must isolate for 14 days from the day of the last exposure to the case (in a household setting, last contact is the day the case is released from isolation).
Please note that all travellers returning from international destinations – including the United States – are subject to a mandatory 14 day self-isolation order. Violation of the order may result in a $2,000 fine.
Anyone identified by a MHO as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 shall go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of having been exposed.
In addition, any visitors who have travelled outside of Saskatchewan in the previous 14 days or have acute respiratory or flu-like symptoms should self-isolate.
If you experience difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain or high fever, immediately call HealthLine 811 for assessment and direction.
For people who HAVE contracted COVID-19
Self-isolation means the patient is considered well enough to not require admission to hospital and can remain in their home. Individuals should not attend work; school; daycare; university; social, sporting or cultural events; or religious gatherings.
The patient should have the ability to care for their symptoms including being able to drink enough liquids.
They should not have visitors to their home and should avoid contact with others that may be living in the same home.
For people who HAVE NOT contracted COVID-19
Self-isolation is a precautionary approach used to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 from people that have been in an area of high disease spread or in close contact with a person with COVID-19. These individuals should stay home. Do not attend work; school; daycare; university; social, sporting or cultural events; or religious gatherings. These individuals may not have any symptoms or they may have mild symptoms that can be managed at home. If symptoms develop or worsen, call HealthLine 811 for assessment and direction.
For people who have COMPLETED their 14 days of isolation
Based on the latest science on COVID-19, the time from exposure to developing symptoms can take up to 14 days. If the person has not developed symptoms over this time, the risk of their having COVID-19 is low and they can return to work or school. However, if the person has had another exposure during the initial 14-day period (for example from a family member that became ill), the self-isolation must extend for 14 days from the last exposure.
If the person has developed symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) during the period of self-isolation, they should contact HealthLine 811 for guidance.