24 new COVID-19 cases reported in Saskatchewan, Regina hits record high of active cases

Canada’s chief medical officer of health called on health-care providers and people across the country to “test smartly” as the second wave of the novel coronavirus continues to intensify.

Saskatchewan reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan on Sunday, bringing the provincial total of cases to 2,330.

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The new cases are located:

  • Far North West: 1
  • North West: 1
  • North Central: 8
  • Saskatoon: 1
  • Central West: 2
  • Central East: 3
  • Regina: 6
  • South East 1

One case has a pending location.

Of Saskatchewan’s cases, 342 are considered active, which is an increase from Saturday.

Active cases continue to climb in Regina and the north.

Sunday was the fourth day this week the Regina area broke a record for the highest active COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

Breakdown of active coronavirus cases in Saskatchewan

  • Far North West: 15
  • Far North East: 29
  • North West: 12
  • North Central: 72
  • North East: 13
  • Saskatoon: 65
  • Regina: 62
  • Central West: 14
  • Central East: 41
  • South West: 1
  • South Central: 4
  • South East: 12

An increase of active cases in the north is linked to the Gospel Worship superspreader event held in Prince Albert.

At least 79 first- and second-generation cases are linked to the event, says the province.

“Many of the newer cases and outbreaks arising in the north are now third generation cases from this event,” said the government of Saskatchewan.

Superspreader events are not limited to those who attended the event itself, but quickly transmit in local settings, officials said.

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Eight more people have recovered from the virus, bring total recoveries to 1,963.

There are 14 people in hospital, which is an increase from the 11 reported the day before. There are 12 people receiving inpatient care, while two people are in the ICU.

Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 25.

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Coronavirus breakdown by age

  • 406 people are 19 and under
  • 805 people are 20 to 39
  • 693 are 40 to 59
  • 353 people are 60 to 79
  • 73 people are 80 and over

Females make up 51 per cent of the cases, males make up 49 per cent.

Officials said 1,137 cases are linked to community contacts, 323 are travel-related, 636 have no known exposure and 234 are under investigation by public health.

There have been 78 cases involving health-care workers.

Saskatchewan has completed 230,729 tests so far for the virus, up 2,765 from Saturday.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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