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PCR testing is now available only to priority population by calling Healthline 811. Those deemed eligible 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 via PCR testing are followed up with a phone call by public health teams with direction for isolation and symptom monitoring.
The SHA continues to strive for a 24-48 hour turnaround time for PCR test results from symptomatic individuals. 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 PCR test results is online by signing up for MySaskHealthRecord at eHealthsask.ca. Positive and negative PCR test results may also delivered by text message if an individual provides consent. An individual can also book an appointment with their family physician to receive results.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has moved all initial notifications for COVID PCR test results to an automated service. Anyone receiving a PCR test 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. Auto-notification is an efficient and cost effective way to notify individuals of their negative PCR 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.
During COVID-19 lab tests at participating testing centres, individuals will be asked to provide or confirm their phone number. Based on processing times at the lab, notifications will be sent to those aged 12 years and over regarding their positive or negative COVID-19 PCR test result between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Parents/guardians can receive results for dependents under the age of 18 years old.
Your PCR test results from the SHA 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 PCR test results online, sign up for MySaskHealthRecord at eHealthsask.ca.
Individual PCR test results 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 SHA to receive PCR 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 PCR 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.
1 The 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.
2 You 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.
Non-essential international travel continues to be discouraged. However, if you do decide to travel, it is important to follow the recommended travel guidelines. Research the requirements of the airline as well as your destination, as they may be different.
The SHA will only provide lab PCR testing for priority populations.
Anyone who requires PCR test results for travel or insurance claims including potential Workers' Compensation Board claims will be required to purchase a test from a private lab service provider for that documentation.
Under this model, the private 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 weekly COVID situation reports.
If you would like to receive your PCR test results online, sign up for MySaskHealthRecord at eHealthsask.ca.
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