COVID-19 in Sask: 60 new cases, hospitalizations surpass May peak
This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. ockdowns and other tough measures implemented to fight coronavirus disease have led to a dramatic decline in other infectious illnesses such as influenza and sexually transmitted infections, public health data suggest. While experts say delayed diagnoses likely contributed to the drop in reported cases, the numbers are nevertheless stark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-C.S. Goldsmith, A. Tamin/ CDC via AP
REGINA -- The Saskatchewan government reported on Thursday 60 new cases of COVID-19.
There are now 21 people in hospital, surpassing the peak in May when there were 19 in hospital.
The province said 18 people are receiving inpatient care: 10 in the Saskatoon zone, two in the Regina zone and six in the north central zone.
Three people are in intensive care: two in Saskatoon and one in Regina.
The bulk of the new cases are located in Saskatoon, which is reporting 21.
Here is the breakdown of other regions:
- Two new cases in the far north west
- Six in the far north east
- Four in the north west
- 13 in the north central
- Three in the north east
- One in the central west
- One in the central east
- Four in the Regina area
- One in the south west
- One in the south central
- Two in the south east
Public health investigations are underway to determine the source of transmission for all new cases.
Of the 2,558 reported cases, 509 are considered active. There are 22 new recoveries. Since the pandemic began, there have been 2,024 recoveries.Two Saskatchewan residents tested out-of-province have been added to the total case counts.
One case has been assigned to the north west zone and one case has pending residence location.
A death that occurred in April 2020 has been reassigned from Saskatoon to the far north west zone.
As of Oct. 20, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 163,966 people tested per million population. The national rate was 235,543 people tested per million population.
On Wednesday, 2,190 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.
CASE CONFIRMED AT ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL IN SASKATOON
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) says it was informed of a positive COVID-19 case at St. Joseph High School.
The division said it's working with Public Health to inform parents and the Saskatchewan Health Authority is conducting contact tracing.
"Risk of exposure for anyone not considered a close contact remains low," GSCS said in a news release.
NURSES' UNION CALLS ON PUBLIC TO FOLLOW COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
As COVID-19 cases climb and hospitals tighten rules around visitation, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) is calling on the public to better adhere to the public health protocols.
Saskatchewan has 427 active cases — a new record for the province.
The majority of cases are in Saskatoon and are linked to outbreaks at local nightclubs, according to the Ministry of Health.