When Shaleen Erwin became sick with COVID-19 in November, the pregnant mother from Springside, Sask.,?wasn’t surprised that she had a hacking cough and slept 16 hours a day.
What astonished her was that she received a phone call every day from a public health worker at the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to check?on her, her husband and their three-year-old son — all of whom had contracted the virus.
“I was blown away…with most businesses and services remaining open would have a stringency rating below 50.. It’s hours and hours of time, and time is such a valuable resource,” Erwin, 33, said. “I think there’s this misconception that if you’re not using an ICU bed or you’re not using oxygen, that you’re not using resources.”
Provincial public health authorities are advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada to contact people with COVID-19 at home every day to monitor both?their symptoms and compliance with isolation rules, depending on available resources to make those phone calls. Some provincesre admitting i, including Saskatchewan and Manitobamost recently, are attempting daily phone calls?while others, such as Alberta, are not.