Possible coronavirus exposure at 3 Swift Current, Sask., businesses: SHA

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) says there may have been a potential coronavirus exposure at three Swift Current businesses.

The SHA said it involves an individual who has tested positive for the coronavirus who may have been infectious at the time they visited the businesses.

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Two of the possible exposures happened on Aug. 17 — the first that at the Shoppers Drug Mart between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the second at the Dairy Queen from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The third potential exposure happened at Original Joe’s on Aug. 21 between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The SHA said anyone who was at the businesses on those dates and times should immediately self-isolate if they have COVID-19 symptoms and to contact Healthline 811 to arrange for testing.

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Those without symptoms should self-monitor for 14 days, the SHA said, adding that people may develop symptoms from two to 14 days following exposure to the novel coronavirus.

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The SHA says alerts may be issued to notify the community if an individual tests positive for the coronavirus and health officials are uncertain they have identified all known close contacts.

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