Saskatchewan has recorded a 20th death related to COVID-19.
According to the provincial government’s Friday update, the person was in the South West region and was in their 60s. No additional details were provided.
The province also reported 23 new cases and 57 more recoveries, bringing the active case count down to 168. The new cases are located in the North West (1), Saskatoon (3), Central East (2), Regina (2), South West (3) and South Central (12) zones.
One case reported on July 20 has been identified as a false positive and has been removed from the provincial total, which is now sitting at 1,409 reported cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to the New and Active Cases by Health Zone breakdown, Prince Albert—the North Central 2 zone—currently has no active cases.
North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, have four active cases. North Central 2, consisting of communities south of the city, has no active cases.
Thirteen people with COVID-19 are in hospital as of Friday, nine receiving inpatient care and four in intensive care. One of those four people are in intensive care in the North Central area.
Yesterday, 2,129 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan—the highest daily number of tests so far. A total of 108,148 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in the province.
Public health is conducting a contact investigation after several employees at Regina’s K-Bro Linens tested positive for the virus.
Part of the investigation involves a microbiologist to determine if the linens remain safe for use in health care facilities; the review determined there is no safety concern for the processed linen.
All employees were wearing personal protective equipment.
Public health has indicated there is no public health risk at this time. A public safety announcement would be made otherwise.