Skip to main content

Sask. health authority ends most symptom-free COVID-19 testing


The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is ending asymptomatic COVID-19 testing as the province prepares to bring in proof of vaccination requirements.

Starting Friday, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result, no more than 72 hours old, will be required to access event venues and some businesses.

Also, all Crown and Saskatchewan government workers must prove they are vaccinated or produce a negative test result.

As of Tuesday, the SHA will not offer testing for people who are showing no symptoms unless they have been deemed a close contact or have a positive rapid antigen test result.

Those who are part of an outbreak situation or need transfer or admission to long-term or primary care, social services or intensive care units will also be eligible for testing, according to a Government of Saskatchewan news release.

People without symptoms who don't qualify for testing will need to turn to fee-based, private test providers.

Take-home rapid antigen test results will not be considered valid proof of a negative test result.

Have a news story? Is there something that CTV News Saskatoon should report on? Submit a news tip. Top Stories

PM pans Poilievre for 'pulling stunts' by threatening to delay MPs' holidays with House tactics

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is threatening to delay MPs' holidays by throwing up thousands of procedural motions seeking to block Liberal legislation until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backs off his carbon tax. It's a move Government House Leader Karina Gould was quick to condemn, warning the Official Opposition leader's 'temper tantrum' tactics will impact Canadians.

Stay Connected