Kudos to ALL #SK MLAs who have shown support for masks, vaccines & #SK HCWs via #SKMLAchallenge.

This 🧵 CELEBRATES our #SK MLAs by compiling their posts.

It's BOTH REFRESHING & EFFECTIVE to see unified public health messaging from our elected leaders. Thank you!

OK, I'm such a Twitter newb. I wrecked the thread because I got a post wrong, deleted it, and now the thread is gone, doh! I will repost again tonight after I wipe away the tears from the lost work / effort. 🤣

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More from @awong37

6 Sep
#COVID19 in #SK still feels "abstract" to many. People angst about inconveniences to life, further restrictions, masks, mandates, etc.

I want to highlight the HUMAN impact of the pandemic in #SK. Warren & Ali. The burnout & suffering of #SK citizens.

🧵 below.

1/ #COVID19SK ImageImage
It's Labor Day in Canada, let's begin with our frontline HCWs. Amanda (@basicwitchRN) is an ICU RN in Saskatoon.

Below, she shares the struggles & heartbreak of her daily work. We can't expect people to carry on like this without burnout.


@carolynstrom is a vocal, passionate public health RN here in #SK. She contact traces, vaccinates, does it all.

You can see the pain in her eyes as she encourages #SK citizens to make safe decisions. She's so tired. We're ALL so tired.


Read 11 tweets
4 Sep
Our pandemic response in #SK is completely broken.

❌ Lowest vaccine uptake in 🇨🇦
❌ Zero restrictions
❌ Overrun testing/contact tracing capacity
❌ Critical care capacity nearly maxed out

Our 4th wave has just begun. We're in BIG trouble.

🧵 👇

To begin, #SK has the lowest vaccine uptake in Canada.

Despite similar political / geographical considerations as #MB, we're 8% behind in 1st doses, 12% behind in 2nd doses.

The only real difference b/w the 2 provinces? A functional vaccine certificate program.

On July 11, we were the 1st place in NORTH AMERICA to remove all public health restrictions, including mandatory isolation for COVID+ persons.

#SK has no province-wide mask mandate. Schools are inconsistently masked.


Read 14 tweets
27 Aug
Wow. Tonight's Doctor's Town Hall. Yep, it's bad, #SK.

This 🧵 will highlight 3 of my #Saskatoon colleagues being blunt & honest.

SUMMARY: no public health measures + unideal vaccine uptake + no staffing capacity in hospitals = #SK hospitals/ICUs in big 💩.

We'll start w/ @WheatNOil below.

Delta is ++ contagious. We haven't vaccinated enough people. So hospitals ARE going to be overwhelmed, #YXE facilities already in trouble.

Don't get sick in #SK for next 2-3 months - there won't be space.


Next, @hinz_tamara below.

Community transmission MUST be lowered via:

✅ Vaccine / testing for HCWs/teachers, access to large venues, etc.
✅ Indoor mask mandates
✅ Consider passports for non-essential events.
✅ Reduced gathering sizes.


Read 6 tweets
21 Aug
Important, IMO. @LynnGiesbrecht shared school guidance document from local #SK MHOs dated Aug 13. Re: masks:

"Public Health at this time STRONGLY RECOMMENDS mask use for all students, staff and visitors."

Yes! UNIVERSAL masking in #SK schools is a no-brainer!

Also in the document:

✅ Public health preventive measures demonstrably effective in last school year SHOULD be continued this school year.
✅ Everyone eligible, get vaccinated.
✅ Self-screening & iso/testing critical w/ contact tracing.

More in the document:

✅ Private transport or walking to school ideal. Buses unideal, assigned seating important for contact tracing.
✅ Masks in school buses 100%.
✅ Hand hygiene critical.
✅ Enhancing cleaning of high-touch surfaces.

Read 6 tweets
21 Aug
"Hey Alex, why does #SK have more cases in persons fully vaxxed compared to persons only partially vaxxed? Doesn't full vax protect you more?"

Yes, it absolutely does. #VaccinesWork.

@AlexanderQuon explains it well. I'll simplify.


Let's start with where #SK is at right now with vaccine doses. Using Alex's numbers from his article (from mid-week) & based on overall population of 1,173,000:

0 doses: 402,000 (34.3%)
1 dose: 93,000 (7.9%)
2 doses: 678,000 (57.8%)

A MUCH LARGER number & proportion of people in #SK have 0 doses or 2 doses at this point since our vaccine rollout has matured.

While persons who are fully vaxxed have a much lower chance of acquiring infection w/ Delta, it's still 15-20%.

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