COVID-19

March 12, 2020

March 14, 2020 @ 09:21

The University of Regina released a statement at 16:50 yesterday indicating that all on campus third party activities are cancelled until April 30, 2020, at which time the situation will be reassessed.

This has a direct impact on both our current winter and upcoming spring 'I Love Water Polo' session, as well our Semi Comp and Admiral groups. The 2019/20 season is over for these groups.

March 12, 2020 @ 13:50

RWPA is aware that Saskatchewan has it's first presumptive case of COVID-19. The safety of our athletes, your children, is our first priority.

Water Polo Saskatchewan is our governing body and they have posted a memorandum to all members.

MEMORANDUM

To: All WPS Members and Alberta Open 2020 participants

This memo is to provide up to date information on COVID-19 and what measures Water Polo Saskatchewan is taking to prepare for all WPS programs, including Alberta Open event, March 19-22, 2020.

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians 65 and over, and those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions. Up until yesterday, there had been no reported cases in Saskatchewan. Public health agencies are monitoring the situation and working to limit the spread of the virus.

That being said, as an organization, and as individuals, we all have a responsibility to do our part to keep our community, colleagues and families safe. The following information is to keep you up to date and help you stay healthy.

General information

COVID-19 is a virus in the coronavirus family. Coronaviruses in this family are responsible for illnesses that range from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). COVID-19 is a new virus and so health officials are still learning about its impact and severity. It appears to cause an illness similar to the flu with the most common signs of infection being fever, cough and shortness of breath. Most people (about 80%) recover from the virus without needing special treatment. It can cause more serious illness, more common with the elderly or those with other medical conditions, including pneumonia, severe respiratory distress, and kidney failure.

What will WPS do for Alberta Open, March 19-22, 2020?

  • Staff will remind athletes to wash their hands before each time coming to the bus (this will mean after each time athletes are leaving a facility: hotel, pool, restaurant).
  • We will limit athletes extra activities to non-crowded locations.
  • We will ask each athletes to bring a hand sanitizer bottle for the trip (in addition to bottles provided by WPS.)
  • Athletes are advised not to share water bottles.
  • We will monitor athletes health closely to isolate them if they show any symptom as described above.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and follow Canada Health recommendation every day until the day of departure.

What can athlete do to?

As a respiratory illness, the best method to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to practice everyday preventative actions, which include:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into the bend in your elbow);
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain safe food practices;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and
  • If you are sick, stay home.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call the Saskatchewan HealthLine (811). If you are not seriously ill, it is recommended you do not go to a physician’s office, a health care facility or a lab without consulting with the HealthLine first. If you are severely ill, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately.

Other Resources

If you desire additional information pertaining to Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19 – the following websites are good sources to use:

Government of Saskatchewan
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus

Public Health Agency of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/…/d…/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/emergen…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

We will continue to monitor the situation and update our membership as the situation evolves.