There are 10 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Sept. 16, bringing the total to 1,751 reported cases. The new cases are located in the Saskatoon (7), North East (1) and Regina (1) zones and one (1) case location is pending.
To date, there have been 21 cases linked to a social gathering in Saskatoon initially reported in the provincial news release on Sept. 13. Contact tracing efforts are underway, and it is likely that other cases will be identified before this chain of transmission is resolved.
Of the 1,751 reported cases, 107 are considered active. A total of 1,620 people have recovered, including four more recoveries as of Sept. 16.
Four people are in hospital receiving inpatient care in Saskatoon.
Investigations completed thus far have found that 32 of the 107 current active cases are from communal living settings.
Of the 1,751 cases in the province to date, 262 cases are travellers; 873 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 520 have no known exposures; 97 are under investigation by local public health, and 69 cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to healthcare in all instances.
By age category, 290 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 574 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 536 are in the 40-59 age range; 293 are in the 60-79 age range; and 58 are in the 80-plus range.
About 51 per cent of the cases are females and 49 per cent are males. Twenty-four deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.
There are 431 cases from the south area (221 southwest, 197 south central, 13 southeast); 357 cases from the far north area (349 far northwest, 8 far northeast); 322 cases from the Saskatoon area; 271 cases from the north area (131 northwest, 73 north central, 67 northeast); 229 cases from the central area (168 central west, 61 central east); 140 cases from the Regina area, and one case is pending location.
To date, 163,151 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of Sept. 14, when other provincial and national numbers are available from Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 116,000 people tested per million population. The national rate was 167,392 people tested per million population.
A total of 1,218 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan on Sept. 15.
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, your physician or nurse practitioner if you are experiencing worsening symptoms. If you require urgent care, call 911.
Priority testing is available for those who are symptomatic, health care workers and first responders, teachers and school staff.
If you are asymptomatic and planning to travel but require a test, please allow a minimum of seven days from the date of your test through to notification of results. You can also view your results directly on MySaskHealthRecord.
Drive-through testing sites that do not require a referral are operating in Regina and Saskatoon. This is in addition to the testing and assessment centres currently open.
In Regina, the drive-through centre is at the International Trade Centre at Evraz Place - Hall C, 1700 Elphinstone Street, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In Saskatoon, the centre is at 3630 Thatcher Avenue on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7:15 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A valid Saskatchewan Health Card will be required for each person getting tested. A Canadian Armed Forces number or Interim Federal Health identification will also be accepted. You will be required to wear a mask during the registration process.
The drive-thru sites will be first come, first served so there may be some wait times. You must wait in your vehicle. There are no public washrooms available at these sites.
Saskatchewan residents are reminded that indoor and outdoor gatherings may have a maximum of 30 people, provided there is enough space to maintain a two-metre separation between individuals who are not in the same household.
Gathering sizes should be smaller if there isn’t enough space to maintain a physical distance of two metres at all times.
For food service at gatherings, potlucks are discouraged and there should be no shared platters of food or shared buffet service. If food is being served, it should be plated. One person should handle the preparation of food and drink following proper food safety protocols. This reduces the number of people who crowd around or touch serving utensils or drink containers.
Remember to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
• Staying home if you are sick.
• Practising proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into a tissue or the bend of your elbow).
• Washing your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Maintaining physical distancing.
• Wearing a mask, especially when indoors in public places or with persons not in your extended household bubble.