Since March, we have been tracking how Saskatchewan residents have been holding up with COVID-19. Here are the latest results from September 29 to October 1.

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 holds steady, although stress levels rise.

Outlooks for the weeks ahead improve slightly.

Comfort levels in taking a COVID-19 vaccine once it is made available remain high, but have dropped since last measured in early August.

One half plan to get the seasonal flu shot when available.

Reported household spending has shifted since the onset of the pandemic. Increases are noted for streaming services, groceries and online purchases while declines are noted for dine-in food and big-ticket purchases. Stated overall household spending has declined slightly.

Correlating with spending, most households claim to be paying down household debt more slowly than quickly due to COVID-19.

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.