14 new COVID-19 cases report in Sask. as outbreak declared in Yorkton
REGINA -- Saskatchewan reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
There are seven new cases in the central east part of the province, three in Saskatoon, three in Regina and one in the far north west.
There have been 18,92 cases reported in the province to date. On Monday, there are 149 considered active.
The province reported nine more recoveries on Monday for a total of 1,719.
Eight people are receiving inpatient care, seven in Saskatoon and one in Regina.
- 441 cases are from the south area (222 south west, 200 south central, 19 south east)
- 385 cases are from the Saskatoon area
- 359 cases are from the far north area (350 far north west, 0 far north central, 9 far north east)
- 276 cases are from the north area (132 north west, 77 north central, 67 north east)
- 255 cases are from the central area (175 central west, 80 central east)
- 176 cases are from the Regina area
The SHA performed 2,236 tests on Sunday.
OUTBREAKS DECLARED AT YORKTON GYM, HIGH SCHOOL, HEALTH CENTRE
The Saskatchewan Health Authority has declared an outbreak at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, Yorkton Regional High School and Pumphouse Athletic Club.
The SHA said in a news release on Monday that 17 cases have been identified in the community, including three health care workers in the health centre.
It said all health care workers who have been identified as close contacts with the confirmed cases are being tested and the contact investigation continues.
Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said on Monday the province has identified 100 close contacts of the people in Yorkton who have tested positive for COVID-19.
He said if measures fail to reduce case numbers in the area, the government may have to enforce further interventions.
Shahab said case numbers in the area will likely increase, but should flatten if people take safety measures seriously.
Despite the outbreaks, Shahab said the province has done well in keeping cases low over the last few months.
“Most of us are knowledgeable and comply with the guidelines, and we need to continue to pay attention to simple principles that keep us and keep others safe,” he said.
Shahab said there should be sufficient testing for people in the Yorkton area.
He said people in Saskatchewan should review the province’s fall guidelines, making sure people only meet others who are within their family bubble.
YORKTON HIGH SCHOOL CLOSES, REMOTE LEARNING MANDATED FOLLOWING COVID-19 CASES
The Good Spirit School Division is requiring all students at Yorkton Regional High School to learn remotely after four individuals tested positive for COVID-19.
In a letter addressed to parents and staff on Sunday, the school division said in-person classes will be cancelled for two weeks starting on Monday for high school students in Grades 9 to 12.
The letter, obtained by CTV News, said remote learning will begin on Tuesday at regularly scheduled times and will continue until Oct. 19, based on the advice of public health.
The school will be fully disinfected before students return, the letter said.