Saskatchewan has 20 new COVID cases, one more recovery

There are 20 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Sept. 20, bringing the total to 1,807 reported cases. The new cases are located in the Saskatoon (7), Regina (10) and Southeast (2) zones. The location of one case is pending.

The seven new cases reported today in the Saskatoon area are associated with the workplace outbreak previously identified at Brandt Industries. To date, there have been 14 cases linked to the workplace.

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Of the 1,807 reported cases, 140 are considered active. A total of 1,643 people have recovered, including one more patient who recovered as of Sept. 20.

A total of 10 people are in hospital.  Nine people are receiving inpatient care; seven of those are in Saskatoon, one is in Regina and one is in the South Central zone.  One person is in intensive care in Saskatoon.

Investigations completed thus far have found that 27 of the 140 current active cases are from communal living settings.

Of the 1,807 cases in the province to date, 265 cases are travellers; 881 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 523 have no known exposures; 138 are under investigation by local public health, 69 cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to healthcare in all instances.

By age category, 302 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 588 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 558 are in the 40-59 age range; 298 are in the 60-79 age range; and 61 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 438 cases are from the south area (222 southwest, 199 south central, 17 southeast); 357 cases are from the far north area (349 far northwest, 0 far north central, 8 far northeast); 347 cases are from the Saskatoon area; 271 cases are from the north area (131 northwest, 73 north central, 67 northeast); 234 cases are from the central area (172 central west, 62 central east); 159 cases are from the Regina area, and one case location is pending

To date, 171,945 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of Sept. 18, when other provincial and national numbers are available from Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 121,091 people tested per million population. The national rate was 174,362 people tested per million population.

A total of 2,426 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan on Sept. 19.

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Expansion in Regina

Drive-through testing will now be available in Regina on Wednesdays.

The testing centre in Regina is at the International Trade Centre at Evraz Place - Hall C, 1700 Elphinstone Street on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Saskatoon, the drive-through 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.

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.