Sask. doctors call on businesses to close their doors

Sask. doctors call on businesses to close their doors

Sask. doctors call on businesses to close their doors

The annual Edmonton Curling Bonspiel was held from March 11 to 14 and was attended by dozens of physicians.

Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said she was made aware of the positive tests on Thursday morning.

She said the initial COVID-19 case at the event appears to be from an individual who had recently returned from Las Vegas and travelled to the bonspiel.

Three Manitoba doctors also said they were self-isolating after attending the same event. There are four cases in central Saskatchewan excluding Saskatoon, two in the south outside of Regina and two in the province's north.

"We do know there were approximately 72 curlers".

"Clearly, there was transmission at that event, and so we are taking this very seriously", she said. "Then there was a banquet that had about 45 attendees".

The new jump in cases comes from the province's ability to confirm testing for COVID-19 at its Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL).

"If those dots are not connected in the next two or three days, we will have to confirm that there is community transmission in specific locations in Saskatchewan", he said.

The laboratory is processing 456 COVID-19 tests a day, which the province said will speed up results for doctors and patients.

The government is also making it mandatory that people returning to the province from outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days- or they could be arrested or face fines.

"We are hopeful that the steps we are recommending everyone take in their day-to-day work here at the university - social distancing, in particular - will mean that there is no further transmission of this virus".

It's also not yet known how many doctors in Alberta are in isolation and how their absence might impact the health-care system during the pandemic.

Woo said in his letter that his diagnosis is a reminder that physicians are not invincible.

"I would hope that the doctors who were in this situation are following recommendations and we're going to make sure that they understand that", Hinshaw said, adding that not all doctors had yet been contacted as the case only came to the attention of health officials Thursday.

"The risks of this pandemic are far too real", he wrote.

The Saskatchewan Medical Association said it doesn't know how many physicians from the province attended the event.

"Everyone needs to take precautions and self-monitor for any symptoms".

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