Since March, we have been tracking how Saskatchewan residents have been holding up with COVID-19.

Here are the latest results from December 14-17, 2020. 

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

With the announcement of tighter public health restrictions before Christmas, self-reported mental health drops to the lowest since the outbreak began. Stress levels remain at an all-time high.

Outlooks for the weeks ahead remain weak and unchanged.

Residents largely intend to comply with the new health restrictions. Younger residents are more uncertain of their plans at the moment. Those who do not intend to comply largely intend to keep their gatherings to fewer than 10 people.

To end the year on a positive note, we asked residents to tell us the highlight of their year during this pandemic. Common stories include major life events such as births, weddings or a career changes, stronger connections with others, special activities, overcoming illnesses or surgeries and simply a greater appreciation of life.

“The biggest highlight for me is finding out that I’m going to be a grandma again. I have three wonderful little grandsons, and I am getting a granddaughter in March. Super excited!”

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“I managed to get a full-time job in the summer in my field, something that I have been trying to do for nearly two years.”

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“My son got engaged! Family members and friends had a baby. Family and friends have completed cancer treatments.”

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“We have maintained our health and well-being. Our grandson recovered from the virus.”

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“I think one of the nicest things I’ve seen is people going out of their way to help others all year long and not just during some special holiday. Family connections have a deeper meaning and for the most part, people are more patient with one another and more forgiving.”

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“I was able to accomplish a lot at home during the pandemic.”

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“Donald Trump lost the election.”

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“Realigned my priorities in life and family.”

We’ll be back with more barometers in 2021.

From all of us at Insightrix, Merry Christmas!

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.