Five new COVID cases in Saskatchewan, 19 more recoveries

There are five new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on July 14, bringing the total to 876 cases. Three of the new cases are in the Central region, one in the Saskatoon region and one in the Regina region.

Of the 876 reported cases, 76 are considered active. A total of 785 people have recovered.

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Six people are in hospital. Four people are receiving inpatient care, all in Saskatoon. Two people are in intensive care; one in Saskatoon and one in the South.

Of the 876 cases in the province, 176 cases are travellers; 493 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 132 have no known exposures; 75 are under investigation by local public health, and 58 cases are health care workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.

By region, 339 of the cases are from the Far North, 199 are from the Saskatoon area, 120 from the North, 85 from the Regina area, 83 from the South and 50 from the Central region.

Broken down by age category, 121 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 310 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 270 are in the 40-59 age range; 151 are in the 60-79 age range; and 24 are in the 80-plus range.

About 52 per cent of the cases are females and 48 per cent are males. Fifteen deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

To date, 75,774 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of July 12, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 55,918 people tested per million population. The national rate was 86,663 people tested per million population.

Remember the Fundamentals to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Saskatchewan residents across the province are reminded to follow the public health measures and personal safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Safety precautions include: 

• physical distancing to maintain two metres of separation; 

• implementing proper hygiene practices (coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow);

• frequent hand washing; and

• following provincial health orders.

Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose or a loss of sense of taste or smell, should protect themselves and others by staying home, self-isolating and getting tested for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is now available to anyone who requests it, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. A referral for testing can be made by contacting HealthLine 811.

General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.