4 new Sask. COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday; 7 more recoveries
Published Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:01AM CST Last Updated Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2:24PM CST
Isaac Muttiah, a laboratory technical assistant at LifeLabs, handles a specimen to be tested for COVID-19 after scanning its barcode upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. LifeLabs is Canada's largest private provider of diagnostic testing for health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
REGINA -- Saskatchewan confirmed four new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 1,586 cases.
In a release, the province said two of the new cases are located in the north west zone and the other two are in the south west zone.
There are 154 cases considered active. Another seven people recovered from the virus for a total of 1,410.
A total of seven people are in hospital. Three are in inpatient care, including two in the south west and one in Saskatoon. Another four people are in intensive care in Saskatoon.
- 407 cases from the south area (209 south west, 187 south central, 11 south east)
- 352 cases from the far north area (346 far north west, 0 far north central, six far north east)
- 254 cases from the north area (121 north west, 68 north central, 65 north east)
- 248 cases from the Saskatoon area
- 194 cases from the central area (161 central west, 33 central east)
- 131 cases from the Regina area
Saskatchewan surpassed 125,000 COVID-19 tests performed in the province on Wednesday. A total of 962 tests were conducted on Tuesday.
TEACHERS WANT TO REFUSE WORK
More teachers have been inquiring about how to legally refuse unsafe work, according to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF).
Patrick Maze, president of the STF, says teachers’ concerns about returning to the classroom follow the province’s back-to-school plan announced earlier this month.
“Having 32 or 34 students in a poorly ventilated room for six hours of the day is kind of a recipe for disaster. Some teachers are quite concerned,” Maze said.
“We’re hearing lots of questions about the process and we’re letting them know what their responsibilities are.”