Saskatchewan has 17 new COVID cases, 19 more recoveries

There are 17 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on August 3, bringing the total to 1,359 cases.The new cases are located in the North (4), Central (5), South (6) and Regina (2) regions.

Of the 17 cases reported today, investigations completed thus far have found nine cases are from communal living settings across the province. In addition, one person who lives outside of Saskatchewan has tested positive in Saskatchewan. This case is counted in the person’s home province, as per guidance provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Of the 1,359 reported cases, 252 are considered active. A total of 1,089 people have recovered, including 19 more recoveries as of Aug. 3.

Fifteen people are in hospital, with nine people receiving inpatient care; five are in Saskatoon, three in the South and one in Regina. Six people are in intensive care; four in Saskatoon and two in Regina.

Of the 1,359 cases in the province, 205 cases are travellers; 693 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 357 have no known exposures; 104 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, 348 cases are from the far north, 298 cases are from the south, 250 cases are from the Saskatoon area, 202 cases are from the north, 166 cases are from the central area and 95 cases are from the Regina area.

By age category, 213 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 435 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 425 are in the 40-59 age range; 236 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, 103,591 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of August 1, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 75,454 people tested per million population. The national rate was 110,230 people tested per million population.On Aug. 2, 1,170 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.

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