Sask. health officials fine person $2,000 for not self-isolating while symptomatic
Published Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:30PM CST Last Updated Friday, September 25, 2020 12:20PM CST
REGINA -- Saskatchewan health officials have fined a person $2,000 for not self-isolating while showing symptoms of COVID-19, bringing the total amount of penalties levied in the province to date to more than $20,000.
The Ministry of Health has not released specific details about the recent case except to say the penalty was imposed after a contact tracing investigation.
"Public health is confident that all close contacts have been determined and contacted in this case," reads a statement from the Ministry of Health.
"As there is no further public risk, we will not be releasing additional information about this enforcement."
Public health rules state people must isolate for 14 days if they return from international travel, are diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been close to someone who is positive.
A spokeswoman says officials have issued four fines related to violations around COVID-19 precautions, including the one announced Thursday.
Recently, an organizer of a private gathering at a home in Saskatoon, where about 47 people attended, was fined $2,000. Another $2,000 fine was handed to a person who didn't self-isolate, despite being positive for COVID-19.
A $10,000 penalty was given to a business that was open when restrictions were in place.
"Fines are not our first choice; we want people to be responsible and protect their health and the health of the friends, family and community," Colleen Book said in an email.
"There can be very serious consequences for not following Public Health Orders and we are seeing increasing transmission rates in Saskatchewan and across the country as a result of social gatherings (weddings, parties etc.). This is putting our schools, businesses and health facilities at risk."
Saskatchewan reported five new infections on Thursday. Officials said of the more than 1,800 cases reported to date in the province, 130 are believed to be active.
There are 24 active infections of children since schools reopened earlier this month.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2020.