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Novel Coronavirus Risk is LOW

January 31, 2020

​We are sharing this information to our communities as part of a community health update and to counter some of the recent concerns regarding the novel coronavirus.

Northwest School Division works closely with the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority to share information with families on matters of health and safety. The public health agencies in Saskatchewan have assured us that, at this time, the risk to Saskatchewan residents remains low. There has not been any confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in our province. There is no need to take additional measures at the school level.

We would also like to encourage our communities to seek out information about the virus from trusted sources, such as the Ministry of Health or Health Canada. The spread of misinformation about novel coronavirus can be very harmful for vulnerable communities. Please help us set a positive example for our students by sharing information responsibly.

The following information is from Health Canada:

Influenza and respiratory virus season is still underway. Canadians can take precautions to prevent respiratory illnesses like #2019nCoV, including:
✅ making sure your family’s vaccinations are up to date, to prevent influenza and other respiratory infections,
✅ washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
✅ maintaining good cough and sneeze etiquette, including sneezing into your sleeve or elbow and not into your hands and throwing away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing.
✅ avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
✅ avoiding contact with sick people
✅ staying home if you are sick

Saskatchewan Health Updates

Government of Canada Health Updates

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