Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces. 

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Test Results

COVID-19 test are conducted at multiple locations around the province within Saskatchewan Health Authority laboratories, including the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory. Patients, clients and the general public tested for COVID-19 in Saskatchewan will be quickly informed of both their positive and negative COVID-19 lab test results through text message or voice call message notifications. Positive results are followed up with a phone call by Public Health teams and the local Medical Health Officer and the ordering physician are quickly informed. 

Laboratory (PCR) testing is prioritized for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms (symptomatic) and those who are referred for COVID-19 testing before testing individuals with no COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic). We are working to maintain a 24-48 hour turnaround time for test results from symptomatic individuals and those who are close contacts of a known case. Delays for results of other asymptomatic screening tests may be expected depending on demand.

Factors such as the volume of tests being processed or the distance the test is transported may affect the length of time it takes to complete the test and notify the patient.

The fastest way to receive your COVID-19 test results is online by signing up for MySaskHealthRecord at eHealthsask.ca. Positive test results will also be delivered by phone.  Negative results will be delivered by text message if an individual provides consent.  An individual can also book an appointment with their family physician to receive results.

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1. Automated Positive and Negative COVID-19 Test Results

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has moved all initial notifications for COVID test results to an automated service. Patients, clients and the general public tested for COVID-19 in Saskatchewan will be quickly informed of both their positive and negative COVID-19 lab test results through text message or voice call message notifications.

During a COVID-19 lab tests at participating testing centres, individuals will be asked to provide or confirm their phone number. Timely notifications will be sent to those aged 12 years old and over regarding their positive or negative COVID-19 lab test result between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., seven days a week based on COVID-19 test results being processed at the lab. Parents/guardians can receive results for dependents under the age of 18 years old. 

Your COVID-19 test results from the Saskatchewan Health Authority can be easily identified with the short code 89364 for text messages or 306-655-4603 for voice call messages. If you are not the right recipient and an incorrect contact number has been provided, you can choose the reply option 'Wrong Number' to not accept the text message or voice call message and the SHA will use other contact methods to provide those test results to the right person. 

Positive COVID-19 text message and voice call message notifications will be followed up with a phone call from Public Health or a Community Health Nurse within 24 to 48 hours. Additionally, Public Health will provide the individual with further direction on self-isolation, masking and contact tracing. To receive your COVID-19 test results online, sign up for MySaskHealthRecord at eHealthsask.ca.

Each individual test result will be delivered by an individual text message or voice call, which means you may receive multiple texts or voice calls if you provide a single cellular number for your family unit. Each text message and voice call message will be identified by the first name of the individual who has tested positive. 

There will be no charge from the Saskatchewan Health Authority to receive COVID-19 test results. Depending on your cell phone plan and provider some charges may apply. This system will not require or ask for any financial information or ask you to provide any personal information beyond the information needed to verify or confirm that the correct person has been contacted.

Auto-notification is an efficient and cost effective way to notify individuals of their negative COVID-19 test results and reach those who have been confirmed as a positive COVID-19 case so they can start self-isolation immediately and begin the contact tracing process prior to the phone call from Public Health.

For additional information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.

For further information on authority, please visit The Public Health Act, 19941 and The Disease Control Regulations2.

Please note: If you have anonymous text message/call blocking settings enabled on your phone you may need to change this in order to receive the message coming from the SHA number 89364 for text messages or 306-655-4603 for voice call messages as it may not be a number your phone is set to recognize. Additionally, if you receive your test result through text message, your result could be displayed on your phone's screen through a text message by anyone who has access to your phone. Please adjust the settings of your phone to meet your privacy preferences.

1The SHA pursuant to The Health Information Protection Act  at 4(4)(g) and The Public Health Act, 1994  at sub clause 33(4)(c)(i) and The Disease Control Regulations at s6 to request your assistance to communicate your health status.

2You are receiving this notice under The Health Information Protection Act  at 4(4)(g) and The Public Health Act, 1994  at sub clause 33(4)(c)(i) and The Disease Control Regulations at s6 to communicate a concern identified that may impact your health status.

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2. Test Results for Travellers

  • Non-essential international travel continues to be discouraged. However, if you do decide to travel, it is important to follow the recommended travel guidelines.
  • The SHA is working hard to provide test results in a timely manner. However, it takes time to process and analyze tests and testing is prioritized for symptomatic individuals before asymptomatic testing.
  • It is unlikely that getting results should take more than seven days. However, if you require proof of a negative COVID-19 test before your flight, research the requirements of the airline as well as your destination (as they may be different). Take into account testing and test result turnaround time as you plan your travel.

Private lab services are available to provide an independent testing service as an option for asymptomatic testing, including for travellers who require proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test for their airline or destination or for workplace purposes.

The testing is user-pay.

Residents and businesses who are interested can learn more by searching "private labs offering COVID-19 testing in Saskatchewan."

Under this model, the lab services collect and process test specimens for asymptomatic people. All patient information collected goes to the SHA, and any specimen that is found to be positive is forwarded to the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory for confirmation and verification. All testing performed is included in the daily provincial case report, posted at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

If you would like to receive your COVID-19 test results online, sign up for MySaskHealthRecord at eHealthsask.ca. Click on the blue "MySaskHealthRecord" button in the middle of the page.

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