Another double-digit day with 34 COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday

The Saskatchewan Legislature. -- Herald File Photo

For the second consecutive day the province reported a high one-day increase in COVID-19 cases with 34 cases reported on Saturday. This follows 22 cases reported yesterday.

The new cases were again spread throughout the province with 11 in the Central East zone, seven in the North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, four in the Far North East, three each in Saskatoon and Regina, two in the South East and single cases in the North East and North West zones.

Thirteen of the active cases in the northern zones have been linked to the Gospel Revival outbreak event. Meanwhile nine of the active cases in the Central East zone have been linked to a single workplace and include employees and close contacts.

Of the 2,068 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 161 are considered active, which is an increase of 22 from Friday.

The recovered number now sits at 1,883 after 12 more recoveries were reported.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 remains at 24.

According to the new and Active Case breakdown the North Central Zone, which includes Prince Albert and area, has six active cases in North Central 2. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has nine active cases and North Central 3 has two active case. The recent spike in the North Central zone has raised the active number to 17 in the zone.

The most active cases are 45 in the Central East, which includes Yorkton. The second highest active cases are 34 in Saskatoon, Regina is third with 23 active cases.

There are currently three people receiving inpatient care in Saskatoon, as well as one in Regina. Two people are listed in intensive care, one in Regina and one in Saskatoon..

The total number of cases is 2,068. Of those 462 cases are from the south area (225 south west, 207 south central and  30 south east), 428 cases are from the Saskatoon area, 371 cases are from the far north area (354 far north west, zero in far north central and 17 far north east), 306 cases are from the central area (182 central west and124 central east), 306 cases are from the central area (182 central west and124 central east), 298 cases are from the north area (134 north west, 94 north central and 70 north east) and 203 cases are from the Regina area.

There are currently 77 cases that are health care workers; however, the source of the infections is not related to their work environments in all instances.

Of the 2,068 cases in the province: 310 cases are related to travel, 1,027 are community contacts, which includes mass gatherings, 592 have no known exposures and 139 are under investigation by local public health.

The age breakdown shows 353 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, 691 cases are in the 20-39-age range, 627 are in the 40-59-age range, 329 are in the 60-79-age range and 68 are in the 80-plus-age range.

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

Yesterday, 1,760 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.  As of today there have been 211,320 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. 

SHA warns that failure to abide by Public Health Orders may result in fines

On Saturday the province reminded people that in Saskatchewan and across the country, public health authorities are seeing increasing transmission rates as a result of contravention of public health orders and guidelines, particularly as a result of public and private gatherings. 

 There can be very serious consequences for not following Public Health Orders, including fines.  Fines may be $2,000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations, plus a victim surcharge.

As a number of contact investigations conclude, it is anticipated that fines will be issued in cases where negligence and misconduct have been found.