Sask. adds 44 new COVID cases; active cases now at 427

  • Sask. adds 44 new COVID cases; active cases now at 427

Sask. adds 44 new COVID cases; active cases now at 427

The north-central area reported 17 new cases Wednesday, while others were recorded in the central-east (seven), northeast (four), central-west (two), far northeast (one) and northwest (one) zones.

Saskatoon's new cases continue to be primarily linked with outbreaks at local nightclubs.

Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer, said the rate of infection in the province has over the past week been around three cases per 100,000 people.

The Government of Saskatchewan posts publicly outbreaks where there has been a COVID-19 exposure risk to the public and they've been unable to contact possible exposure contacts. Restrictions will be reconsidered in two weeks time, the authority said.

Jane McPhee, a member of the Saskatoon Council on Aging and part of its age-friendly community development committee, said she's concerned that as transmission rises, older adults may once again be isolated from loved ones for months on end.

"It's not just yourself you're keeping safe", she said. To date a total of 2,002 people have recovered.

Provincially, 2,483 COVID-19 tests were performed on Tuesday.

There are now 17 people in hospital, two of them in intensive care. Fifteen people are receiving inpatient care; seven in the Saskatoon zone, two in the Regina zone, five in the North Central zone, one in the Central East zone.

Shahab said two people in hospital are in the 20-to-39 age range, four are in the 40-to-59 range, six are in the 60-t0-79 age range and four are 80 and over.

The total number of cases comprises 1,215 community contacts, 674 cases without any known exposures, 332 travellers and 275 cases that are under investigation by public health officials.

To date, 82 cases are health-care workers.

There were 2,513 tests done in Saskatchewan on Monday, increasing the provincial total so far to 235,530.