At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, and the risk to Canadians remains low.1
The City of North Battleford and the Town of Battleford have formed a joint administrative committee to cooperatively develop strategies and to coordinate efforts to minimize infection risks to residents of both communities and staff members. If a COVID-19 pandemic is declared both municipalities will follow the guidance of the Provincial and Federal government’s authority.
The Battlefords is a highly integrated and interconnected community that has residents with strong economic and social ties on both sides of the North Saskatchewan River. Administration from the City and Town recognize the need to work together to best protect all residents. This regional approach, with administration working together is the most effective way to manage risk, ensuring the health and safety of everyone in the City and Town.
City and Town administration are working together to ensure that priority services continue for the Battlefords if the COVID-19 virus is declared a pandemic. Advanced planning and preparedness can ensure critical infrastructure is unaffected and that infection opportunities are minimized.
Common signs include respiratory symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Older people or those with chronic illnesses may be at higher risk for a more severe form of the disease. If you have these symptoms, contact HealthLine 811 for assessment and direction.
As a respiratory illness, the best method to protect yourself against coronavirus is to practice everyday preventive actions, including:
Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into the bend of your elbow);
Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
Maintain safe food practices; and
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
There is no evidence that surgical masks protect persons who are not sick. The World Health Organization does not recommend the use of any masks if you do not have a travel history and respiratory symptoms. If you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing and a relevant travel history you should wear a surgical/procedure mask when seeking medical care at a health facility.
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Saskatchewan HealthLine dial 8-1-1
Saskatchewan Health Authority COVID-19 information:
Health Canada COVID-19 information: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
For more information:
Randy Patrick, City Manager, City of North Battleford
John Enns-Wind, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Battleford