Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie didn’t say whether or not he was disappointed the province didn’t invoke tougher health restrictions on the city, like what’s currently being seen in Regina, but he did say that he’s pleased to finally have constructive and open dialog established with the province.
That’s something Tolmie said had been lacking, until recently when COVID-19 infections began to rise in Moose Jaw.
“What’s happened in the last two weeks is we’ve actually had provincial representatives from the Saskatchewan Health Authority be in contact with my office,” Tolmie said. “We’ve had open dialog which is a breath of fresh air for our community, because we’d been trying to establish that in the last few months,” Tolmie added.
Tolmie said the City and provincial government are close to announcing official details of a drive-thru vaccination clinic in Moose Jaw.
“What we’ve really been focusing on is establishing a drive-thru vaccine centre in the city of Moose Jaw, and I’ve said this numerous times that we are just dotting the i’s and crossing our t’s and getting ready to make that announcement,” Tolmie said.
For now he wants residents to remember to follow whatever guidelines the city is currently under as best they can, and not take the messages being sent out as a way to create fear but rather a way to create awareness about what is happening in the community.
“Follow the provincial guidelines and one of the things that we’re focused on is the vaccine because that is a solution to the challenges we’re facing,” he said. “The sooner we get vaccines into the arms of our residents the better,” Tolmie added.
On Wednesday 18 new COVID-19 cases were announced for the Moose Jaw area, ten of those were variants of concern.