Testing is part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority strategy to contain, mitigate and delay the spread of COVID-19. Expanded testing has been implemented to align with the most recent evidence and consideration of practices in other jurisdictions. Saskatchewan is among the provinces with the widest access to testing. You do not need to have travelled internationally to get a referral for testing.
You can obtain a referral to a community testing centre by phoning:
- HealthLine 811
- Your family physician
- Your nurse practitioner
Please call HealthLine 811 by dialing 811 if you have questions regarding COVID-19 and your health. HealthLine 811 can help you with screening for COVID-19 to determine if a test is recommended for you and refer you for testing if indicated.
Testing is strongly recommended for:
- Anyone who has unexplained new or worsening symptoms (even mild symptoms) that may include one or more of the following:
- muscle and/or joint aches and pains
- sore throat
- runny nose
- nasal congestion
- loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children)
- loss of sense of taste or smell
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
Testing will also be available for:
- Immunocompromised asymptomatic individuals such as cancer patients, in advance of undergoing immunosuppressive procedures such as chemotherapy.
- Patients being admitted to an acute care hospital for a stay anticipated to be greater than 24 hours. This includes all expectant mothers entering a health facility to give birth.
- Increased testing for symptomatic individuals who are homeless or living in other vulnerable settings.
- Further collaboration with First Nations and Métis communities to increase active case finding and testing of symptomatic individuals.
- Testing available to all health care workers caring for certain immunocompromised patients.
- Testing is available to any one working outside the home, including those currently working, or returning to work as part of the Reopen Saskatchewan plan, who desire a test.
- Mobile (worksite) testing for high volume work settings (factories, industrial settings, etc.) for individuals requesting a test.
Your local public health official may also advise you to be tested if you have been identified as being at risk following contact with someone known or suspected of having COVID-19, or if you have been identified as being at high risk due to the active spread of COVID-19 in your workplace or community. Public health will contact you if you need to be tested under these circumstances.
Everyone should be familiar with self-monitoring and self-isolation precautions in order to keep you and those around you safe.
If you have questions about COVID-19, you can: