Sask. reports four new COVID-19 cases, La Loche outbreak continues

Sask. reports four new COVID-19 cases, La Loche outbreak continues

While four new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Saskatchewan, the total number of cases added to northern totals increase by five - one case, previously reported as being in Regina, was reassigned to the north region by provincial health officials.

Eleven more people have recovered, bringing the provincial total to 374.

As of Tuesday, Regina had no active COVID-19 cases.

The Saskatchewan government initially reported that the cause of the outbreak was connected to an oilsands camp in northern Alberta at Kearl Lake.

Across the province, 48 cases are health care workers (although not all sourced their infections from work), 206 are from the Far North, 163 are from the Saskatoon area, 106 are from the North, 75 are from the Regina area, 15 are from the South and 12 are from the Central region. There are 25 active cases in the north and 11 active cases in Saskatoon.

There are now 11 people in hospital - eight are receiving inpatient care (five in the north and three in Saskatoon) and three are in intensive care (all in Saskatoon).

Appearing on Gormley on Wednesday, Premier Scott Moe said he - like NDP Leader Ryan Meili - wants to get back to some sort of normalcy when it comes to the legislature.

Health workers are now in the La Loche area with mobile testing units and the plan is to test every one of the more than 700 households in the area.

Gatherings are still limited to a maximum of 10 people and measures such as physical distancing and hand-washing are still required.

The government said 297 of the cases involve community contacts, 139 are travellers, 76 are still under investigation and 65 don't have any known exposures.

There are 204 cases in the 20 to 39 age range, 179 in the 40 to 59 age range, 98 are in the 60 to 79 age range and 17 in the 80-plus age range.

"We are in a very crucial moment", he said.

Fifty per cent of the cases are females and 50 per cent are males.

So far, six people have died from COVID-19 complications in Saskatchewan.

To date, the province has performed 38,157 COVID-19 tests.

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