3 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sask.; 9 in hospital
REGINA -- The province confirmed three new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan on Thursday, bringing the total to 759.
One case reported in the south region on June 18 has been removed, since the person lives outside the province.
Two of the new cases are in the far north, while the other is in the Saskatoon region.
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There are now 98 cases considered active in the province. Five more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 648.
Nine people total are currently in hospital. Seven people are in in patient care, including four in the south, two in the north and one in Saskatoon. Two more people are in intensive care; one person is in the north while the other is in Saskatoon.
The far north leads the province with 316 cases, while 186 are in the Saskatoon area, 112 are in the north, 80 are from the Regina area, 53 are from the south region and 12 are from the central region.
People aged 20 to 39 lead the province with 260 cases, while 241 are in the 40 to 59 age range, 130 are in the 60 to 79 age range, 21 are in the 80-plus age range, and 107 cases are in people aged 19-years or younger.
There have been 13 COVID-19-related deaths reported in Saskatchewan.
A total of 62,435 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.
PHASE 4 PART 2 TO BEGIN ON JUNE 29
The Government of Saskatchewan says the second half of Phase four of the Reopening Saskatchewan plan will begin on June 29.
Museums, libraries, galleries, movie theatres and live theatres will be permitted to reopen.
Speaking Thursday, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said the reopening dates for the remaining businesses and facilities in Phase Four will be announced early next week.
This will include casinos, bingo halls, along with indoor sports facilities, like indoor pools and rinks.
Moe also noted the spikes of COVID-19 cases following the reopening of some southern states.
“That’s what can happen and it can happen very quickly if we are not careful,” Moe said.
Although Saskatchewan cases remain relatively low, Moe encourages people to continue to find the right balance of returning to regular activities, while still being attentive to health safety.
“Businesses are open. More people are back at work each and every day. We can go to the beach, we can go to the park and the playground,” Moe said.
“We shouldn’t be scared or worried to do any of these things at any point, but we still have to keep doing things a little differently than we did before.”
The provincial state of emergency has also been extended for another two weeks.