Saskatchewan sees fourth straight day with single digit cases of COVID-19

Saskatchewan reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the province for the second straight day on Wednesday.

This is the fourth straight day with single digits cases reported in the province.

There is one case in the Saskatoon zone and three cases in the South West zone.

Of the 1,590 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 149 are considered active.

Investigations completed thus far have found that 99 of 149 active cases are in communal living settings.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 remains at 22 in the province.

The recovered number now sits at 1,419 an increase of nine since yesterday.

According to the new and Active Case breakdown, Prince Albert — the North Central 2 zone — currently has only one active case.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, have no active cases. North Central 3, consisting of communities south of the city, has no active cases.

There are five people in hospital with illnesses related to COVID-19.

One person is receiving in-patient care in Saskatoon. Four people are currently listed in intensive care also in Saskatoon.

The total number of cases is 1,590. Of those 410 cases from the south area (209 south west, 190 south central and 11 south east), 352 cases from the far north area (346 far north west, zero far north central and six in far north east), 254 cases from the north area (121 north west, 68 north central and 65 north east), 249 cases from the Saskatoon area, 194 cases from the central area (161 central west and 33 in central east) and 131 cases are from the Regina area.

There are currently 65 cases who are health care workers; however, the source of the infections is not related to their work environments in all instances.

Of the 1,590 cases in the province: 230 cases are related to travel, 818 are community contacts, which includes mass gatherings, 476 have no known exposures and 66 are under investigation by local public health.

The age breakdown shows 260 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, 506 cases are in the 20-39 age range, 509 are in the 40-59 age range, 274 are in the 60-79 age range and 55 are in the 80-plus range.

The gender breakdown shows 51 per cent of the cases being females and 49 per cent being males.

As of Thursday, 126,624 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province an increase of 1,443 over yesterday.

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As of Wednesday, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 91,146 people tested per million population. The national rate was 131,033 people tested per million population.

Late Tuesday night, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) alerted of a possible COVID-19 outbreak and for people to follow public health measures and personal safety precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including physical distancing of two metres, frequent hand hygiene and self-isolating if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19.

They advised members of the public who visited the Discovery Co-op Food Store at 91 — 22nd Street, Battleford from Aug. 11 to Aug. 14, to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the last date they visited the store.

TORONTO STAR