Sask COVID updates with new maps, nine new cases

New COVID-19 maps are being launched today to provide more detailed information on the location of cases across Saskatchewan.

One map has 13 regions with comprehensive statistical information for COVID-19 activity in that region. It should be noted that the 13 new regions do not have the same geographic boundaries as the previous six regions.

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The second map is broken down into 32 smaller zones, and will provide new positive and current active COVID-19 case numbers for those smaller zones.

In this second map, the Weyburn and surrounding region is listed under Southeast 3, and includes the following communities: Bengough, Ceylon, Creelman, Fillmore, Goodwater, Halbrite, Lake Alma, Lang, Macoun, McTaggart, Midale, Minton, Ogema, Osage, Pangman, Radville, Tribune, Weyburn and Yellow Grass.

For this region, there are no new cases, and four active cases as of Aug. 4.

The current online Dashboard will remain based on the previous six larger regions while work is underway to incorporate the new geographic information over the next few weeks. The Dashboard can be found at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness.

There are nine new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on August 4, bringing the total to 1,368 cases. The new cases are located in the North West (1), North Central (1), Saskatoon (2), Regina (4) and South West (1) regions.

Of the 1,368 reported cases, 253 are considered active. A total of 1,097 people have recovered.

Fourteen people are in hospital. Seven people are receiving inpatient care; three in Saskatoon, three in the South West and one in Regina. Seven people are in intensive care; five in Saskatoon and two in Regina.

Of the 1,368 cases in the province, 204 cases are travellers; 697 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 359 have no known exposures; 108 are under investigation by local public health, and 64 cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to healthcare in all instances.

By region, 352 cases are from the far north zone (346 far north west, 0 far north central, 6 far north east), 294 cases are from the south zone (149 south west, 134 south central, 11 south east), 216 cases are from the Saskatoon zone, 221 cases are from the north zone (96 north west, 63 north central, 62 north east), 186 cases are from the central zone (158 central west, 28 central east) and 99 cases are from the Regina zone.

Looking at the age categories, 213 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 437 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 427 are in the 40-59 age range; 241 are in the 60-79 age range; and 50 are in the 80-plus range.

About 50 per cent of the cases are females and 50 per cent are males.Eighteen deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

To date, 104,279 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of August 2, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 76,290 people tested per million population. The national rate was 111,154 people tested per million population.Yesterday, 688 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.

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. Since introducing universal testing, there has been an increase in requests to be tested with the corresponding increase in provincial testing numbers. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is working to ensure responsive service timing. Contact your physician’s office if you are experiencing worsening symptoms. If you require urgent care, call 911.

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