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

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When to Get Tested

If you are symptomatic, get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild, should get tested immediately. Anyone who receives a negative test result but continues to experience COVID-19 symptoms should be retested. Getting tested and knowing your status is an important step to protecting yourself and others against COVID-19.

You can get a referral to a community testing centre by phoning:

  • HealthLine 811
  • Your family physician
  • Your nurse practitioner

In Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton, you can also get tested at a drive-thru testing site without a referral or appointment. See drive-thru information.

Please call your family physician or HealthLine 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 continues to be strongly recommended for:

  • Anyone who has unexplained new or worsening symptoms (even mild symptoms) that may include one or more of the following:
    • fever
    • cough
    • headache
    • muscle and/or joint aches and pains
    • sore throat
    • chills
    • runny nose
    • nasal congestion
    • conjunctivitis
    • dizziness
    • fatigue
    • nausea/vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children)
    • loss of sense of taste or smell
    • shortness of breath
    • difficulty breathing

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.

Remember, you don't have to feel sick to have COVID-19. You could be infected with the virus and have no symptoms which can then spread to other people. 

COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best defense to prevent serious illness and hospitalizations. The Saskatchewan Health Authority and pharmacies throughout the province continue to provide vaccination clinics. To find a clinic near you please visit COVID-19 vaccinations. Testing does not prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Testing Prioritization for Symptomatic, At Risk Individuals

With the expansion of self-testing for asymptomatic COVID-19 surveillance, the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s public lab PCR tests will be given to priority individuals who:

  • Are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been identified as a close contact
  • Have had a positive self-test (rapid antigen test)
  • Are identified as part of an outbreak situation, as ordered by the Medical Health Officer (MHO)
  • Require a transfer or admission to acute and congregate settings
  • Require surveillance testing of immunocompromised patients (including chemotherapy, hemodialysis)

These requirements will be confirmed through pre-testing screening questions when booking a test through HealthLine 811 or when presenting at SHA testing sites.  

Residents who require negative test results in lieu of proof of vaccination are responsible for purchasing a test from a private lab service provider.  A publicly-funded test result, whether from the provincial lab or from a provincially-supplied self-test (ie workplace or school screening) will NOT be accepted as proof of negative COVID-19 test results.

A list of labs offering testing services is available.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild, get tested as soon as possible. Anyone who receives a negative test result but continues to experience symptoms should be retested. Getting tested and knowing your status is an important step to protecting yourself and others against COVID-19. 

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can:

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