Since March, we have been tracking how SaskWatch members have been holding up with COVID-19. Here are the latest results from September 14-17.

We surveyed 400 Saskatchewan residents on our consumer panel, SaskWatch Research®, each week.

The word cloud below shows how people are feeling this week – in a single word:

Self-reported mental health continues to remain steady:

Stress levels due to COVID-19 rise slightly amid increasing cases of COVID-19 across Canada. Outlooks also falter slightly with the highest proportion feeling things are going to get worse since late July when there were spikes of COVID-19 cases in the province:

Aligning with outlooks, four in ten feel we need to remain cautious and keep life largely on hold while one half feel we should proceed with regular life but be cautious. The remaining few suggest we should return entirely to the way things used to be:

Residents are divided as to whether or not Canadian authorities responded quickly enough to the warnings of COVID-19 in the beginning of 2020. However, a strong majority feel Canada is currently in a better place related to COVID-19 compared to other countries, and Saskatchewan is in a better place compared to other provinces in Canada:

A modest proportion of residents believe they or others in their household may have already had COVID-19, even though they weren’t tested:

Since March 23, 2020, we started sharing a few brief insights from our online community, SaskWatch Research®. As we monitor and trend the results by week, we will share the information with you as we get it.