Five new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 19 more recoveries

Five new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in the province on Tuesday. Three of the new cases are in the Central region, one in the Saskatoon region and one in the Regina region.

It brings the total number of reported cases to 876 with 76 active cases in Saskatchewan. There’s also 19 new recoveries for a total of 785.

The province says six people are in hospital with four receiving inpatient care and two people in intensive care. All patients are located in Saskatoon except for one ICU patient in the South region.

During Tuesday’s provincial update, Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab continued encouraging residents to go for testing – even if they have mild symptoms.

“Especially not point fingers or stigmatize people who maybe otherwise identifiable. I think this has happened in the past in parts of Canada with specific groups of people,” stated Dr. Shahab.

Premier Scott Moe also mentioned that the province is returning to daily COVID-19 case updates after 56 cases were reported from this past weekend.

Moe said they initially decided to not have new case numbers on weekends due to stable numbers at the time and to give a breather to health staff. However he assured residents that daily reporting will be back seven days a week after the recent spike.

Shahab said high case numbers should not be a concern for people if they do their part in following public health measures.

“If our case numbers are low, it should not lead to any complacency that there is no COVID-19 because we see that we have occasional sporadic cases, like in the south and central areas, which include gatherings where physical distancing was not being observed.”

Of the 876 cases in the province:
  • 176 cases are travellers;
  • 493 are community contacts (including mass gatherings);
  • 132 have no known exposures; and
  • 75 are under investigation by local public health.

Overall in Saskatchewan:

  • 58 cases are health care workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.
  • 339 of the cases are from the Far North, 199 are from the Saskatoon area, 120 from the North, 85 from the Regina area, 83 from the South and 50 from the Central region.
  • 121 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, while the remainder are adults.
  • 310 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 270 are in the 40-59 age range; 151 are in the 60-79 age range; and 24 are in the 80-plus range.
  • 52 per cent of the cases are females and 48 per cent are males.
  • 15 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

More from 620 CKRM