Province announced two additional COVID-19 deaths and an outbreak in Saskatoon

Henrietta Brewer
May 31, 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Saskatchewan on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 641. Of those cases, 68 are considered active.

The two cases announced May 29 were reported in Saskatoon and in an unannounced community in the province's south.

To date, 45,869 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

Province announced two additional COVID-19 deaths and an outbreak in Saskatoon

Dr. Saqib Shahab, the province's chief medical health officer, said up to four cases of infection have so far been tied to the 60 or so people who attended the events on different dates earlier this month. As of May 26, when other provincial and national numbers were last available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 34,883 people tested per million population.

Shahab said as Saskatchewan continues to reopen, the public should consider other means of interaction to avoid further outbreaks in the province.

The provincial state of emergency was declared initially on March 18.

Of the total number of cases, 253 have been in the far north, 168 are from the Saskatoon area, 112 have been in the north, 78 are from the Regina area, 16 are from the south and 12 have been in the central region.

There are now 641 cases in the province. It's the first time since COVID-19 was first diagnosed in Saskatchewan that the percentage of active cases has dropped below 10 per cent.

There are now four people in hospital - one is receiving inpatient care in Regina and three are in intensive care in Saskatoon. That brought the death toll from the illness to 10.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority said Wednesday that one person had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and another was a presumptive positive.

"Many respite options, including summer camps, have been closed during the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of staff and clients", the government said in a release. Ten people have died and four are in hospital.

Daycares will be allowed to care for up to 15 children per building or space.

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