“The reason we have a lot of spread is people drink together, share cigarettes, drive together,” Dr. Rim Zayed, medical health officer with the Athabasca Health Authority, said in a statement to the public on Thursday.
“Most young people know that they have a low risk factor but it is very dangerous for others who are vulnerable. Some were hospitalized and away from their families for a long time. “
The province has stopped all sites for selling, distributing and consuming alcoholic beverages following the request of La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre.
On Thursday, St. Pierre told the Minister of Government Relations, Lori Carr, that the La Loche council had issued a recommendation prohibiting alcohol.
After further consultation with the community and traditional leaders, the government said they decided to close all liquor retailers as recommended.
On Saturday, SLGA Retail stores and private sales in La Loche will be closed for two weeks. Liquor shops in other parts of the province are considered important services and remain open.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and Health Authority said they would help those who deal with withdrawal symptoms including community alcohol addiction programs.
Addicted workers in the area ask people to call 811 if they have withdrawal symptoms, or 911 if they start hearing things that aren’t there, which are considered fatal symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
The province COVID-19 the epicenter was at the northern tip of Saskatchewan, where 150 of 184 cases remained active.
On Friday, Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said the majority of cases in the north were among youth and young adults.
This is reflected in the number of provinces where cases among younger demographics in the province have increased sharply.
On Saturday, those under the age of 40 make up nearly 50 percent of COVID-19 Saskatchewan cases.
Those aged 19 years or younger constituted 13 percent of the 553 cases in the province, while those aged between 20 and 35 constituted 35 percent of the total cases.
On Friday, Prime Minister Scott Moe appealed to young men in the north to take the corona virus seriously.
“I would ask teenagers at La Loche to take their personal responsibilities very, very seriously,” Moe said. “And I will ask them to pay attention to the correct physical distance, how to protect not only themselves, but to protect the elders and their families, the elders in their community whom I know they love and are deeply valued.”
Making young people understand the risks associated with COVID-19 has become a provincial problem in many communities.
A large number of cases have been prevalent in those under 44 years of age for months.
In early April, the province launched a targeted advertising campaign for young people through Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to educate them about the novel coronavirus.
“Especially around the ages of 12 to 29, we have messages about preventive measures, such as washing hands and maintaining social distance,” Shahab said on April 11.
“This emphasizes that we must all be careful, stay healthy, which protects us and those who are most vulnerable.”
The prime minister reiterated on Friday that the virus is not selective.
“This is a reminder for all of us in this province that if we are careless how fast this virus will spread in our community it doesn’t matter whether you are in La Loche, Estevan or Esterhazy,” Moe said. “That’s indiscriminately.”
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials warn against all international travel. Returning tourists are legally required to isolate themselves for 14 days, starting March 26, if they experience symptoms and to prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and regions have also implemented additional recommendations or law enforcement measures to ensure that those returning to the regions are independent.
The symptoms can include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties – very similar to colds or flu. Some people can develop more severe illnesses. People most at risk of experiencing this include older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you experience symptoms, contact the public health authority.
For prevent the spread of viruses, experts recommend to wash your hands frequently and cough on your sleeves. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible and keeping a distance of two meters from others if you go out.
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