Trick-or-treaters potentially exposed to COVID-19 in Meath Park, Sask., says SHA

The Saskatchewan Health Authority says a person who was handing out candy on Halloween in Meath Park, Sask., has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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The health authority says the person was likely infectious with the virus when handing out candy on Oct. 31 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the community.

This is the first COVID-19 exposure alert issued by the SHA that is related to trick-or-treating.

Public health officials are advising people who were potentially exposed to the virus to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is asked to immediately self-isolate and call 811 to arrange for testing.

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“It is important to note that individuals may develop symptoms from two to 14 days following exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19,” the SHA said in a press release.

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Meath Park is located 42 kilometres northeast of Prince Albert.

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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.

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