Regina Leader Post: Digital app to assist northern Saskatchewan fight against COVID-19

University of Regina Professor Tarun Katapally is one of two researchers receiving $400,000 from innovation non-profit Mitacs to help hard-hit northern Saskatchewan communities, a Wednesday news release announced.

Katapally, a population health researcher, is developing an app with Île-à-la-Crosse residents to provide key decision-making data to Indigenous leaders during the pandemic. The app allows residents to voluntarily report any COVID-19-like symptoms, tracking their movement in the community to better inform containment efforts.

“Northern and Indigenous communities are at serious risk of loss due to pandemics such as COVID-19,” Katapally said in a Wednesday statement. Those challenges for northern residents include comprehensive testing and collecting evidence for containment strategies.




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