Chokani updates Sask. Rivers board on COVID-19 situation

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Before their closed session that opens their regular meeting on Monday afternoon trustees of the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division board of education received an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Prince Albert Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Khami Chokani.

Chokani shared an update that lasted over an hour and was similar to the one he shared with Prince Albert city council on Monday evening during their regular meeting.

“So he shared basically, he does a quick overview of so here’s what COVID looked like across the country and in the province and then locally talks in depth a little more about vaccination rates, case rates, the age breakdown of vaccination and regional breakdown and things like that,” director of education Robert Bratvold said.

Chokani then spent significant time in conversation with trustees about local trends in the communities across the division including the City of Prince Albert.

The conversation included Chokani’s candid responses to questions about the threat of the Omicron virus, the effectiveness of vaccines, the response to transmission and testing and several other topics.

In a release the division explained that. Chokani expressed appreciation for the good work that schools have been doing, support for continued work between Health and Education and encouragement for everyone to continue to be vigilant with public health measures.

The division has been in regular conversation with Chokani and local medical health throighout the pandemic as they respond to the changing dynamices.

“It is very much to make sure the board is informed and also has an opportunity to ask questions and seek some clarification so that has been really good,” Bratvold said.

Chokani will return for another update to the Board of Education after Christmas.