No new cases of COVID in Saskatchewan, 455 recovered so far

Saskatchewan has no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 18, keeping the provincial total at 592. Of the 592 reported cases, 131 are considered active. Eleven more people have recovered, bringing the provincial total to 455.

There are currently five people in hospital – two are receiving inpatient care (one in the Saskatoon and one in Regina) and three are in intensive care (all in Saskatoon).

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Hospitalizations are counted under the location of the hospitalization, not the patient’s residence. Active cases are included in the number for their region of residence.

Of the 592 cases in the province, 139 cases are travellers; 321 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 69 have no known exposures; 63 are under investigation by local public health; and 48 cases are health care workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.

Broken down by region, 219 of the cases are from the Far North, 164 are from the Saskatoon area, 106 from the North, 76 from the Regina area, 15 from the South and 12 from the Central region.

By age category, 83 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 210 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 182 are in the 40-59 age range; 99 are in the 60-79 age range; and 18 are in the 80-plus range.

About 49 per cent of the cases are males and 51 per cent are females. Six deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

To date, 41,159 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province. As of May 16, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 31,847 people tested per million population and was lower than the national rate of 34,498 people tested per million population.

If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, contact HealthLine 811 or your family physician for advice on whether you should be tested for COVID-19. You can also take the online self-assessment at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca. Find the most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.