A business in Saskatoon may potentially be the location of a coronavirus superspreader event.
Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) officials said the event took place at City Centre Bingo on Oct. 24.
The SHA had previously flagged a potential coronavirus exposure at the bingo hall that day from between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Now, public health officials say anyone who was there anytime that day should call HealthLine 811 as soon as possible to arrange for testing.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should immediately self-isolate and seek testing, health officials added.
Individuals may develop symptoms from two to 14 days following exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
The SHA declared an outbreak at City Centre Bingo on Nov. 3.
An outbreak is confirmed by the SHA when two or more people at one location test positive for the coronavirus.
City Centre Bingo made masks mandatory at all times in the bingo hall on Nov. 2. As of Nov. 6, masks are mandatory in all public spaces in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert.
It also stopped running its shuttle bus on Nov. 1, according to a post on its Facebook page.
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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.
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