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Wear masks to keep COVID-19 cases down: Lloydminster health professional

Despite seeing a small number of cases in the community, local medical professionals are encouraging people to continue wearing masks.

Scott Malek, Pharmacist at Spruce Wood Pharmacy & Homecare, says proactively wearing face masks can keep the number of cases low in the community.

“It’s better to err on the side of caution. If we wait until there are multiple cases in Lloyd, it might be too late to stop it with masks,” said Malek.

“While we can acknowledge there’s a low number of cases, this is the best way to stop it in its tracks at this point in time.”

Neither Alberta nor Saskatchewan have made face masks mandatory, but the use is encouraged when social distancing is not practical.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has released a list of guidelines to help ensure that face masks are used correctly.

SHA says these guidelines can bolster the effectiveness of the mask and reduce the possibility of transmission:

  • Buy a covering that correctly fits over the mouth and nose that allows for easy breathing.
  • Wash hands before and after touching the mask as it could be contaminated.
  • Don’t wear face coverings around the neck as it is unprotected and can track contaminants inside.
  • Don’t reuse a mask until it’s washed.
  • When removing a face covering, take it off by using the ear straps instead of using the front
  • Don’t reuse disposable masks.

Alberta has reported an additional 368 cases in the province over the weekend, pushing their current number of active cases over 1,000.

Saskatchewan cases remain low, with 19 new cases popping up in the last 24 hours, and 145 cases are active.

About Elliott Knopp

Elliott is a graduate from NAIT's Television Broadcast program. He has broadcast experience in football, basketball and hockey. He has spent nearly his entire life living in Edmonton, but has recently moved to Lloydminster for his career. He has an undying passion for CFL/NFL football, hot wings and Flaming Hot Cheetos. He loves playing fantasy football but has never won a championship.

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