Saskatchewan has 21 new COVID cases, four more recoveries

There are 21 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Sept. 12, bringing the total to 1,709 reported cases. The new cases are located in the Saskatoon (5), Central East (14) and Southwest (2) zones.

Of the 1,709 reported cases, 83 are considered active. A total of 1,602 people have recovered, including four more as of Sept. 12.

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Two people are in hospital receiving inpatient care in Saskatoon.

Investigations completed thus far have found that 15 of the 21 new cases reported today and 33 of the 83 current active cases are from communal living settings.

Of the 1,709 cases in the province, 257 cases are travellers; 845 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 515 have no known exposures; 92 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, 283 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 560 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 519 are in the 40-59 age range; 289 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 430 cases from the south area (220 southwest, 197 south central, 13 southeast); 357 cases from the far north area (349 far northwest, 8 far northeast); 287 cases from the Saskatoon area; 270 cases from the north area (131 northwest, 73 north central, 66 northeast); 226 cases from the central area (167 central west, 59 central east), and 139 cases from the Regina area.

To date, 156,876 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of September 10, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 112,628 people tested per million population. The national rate was 160,853 people tested per million population.

A total of 1,544 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan on Sept. 11.

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, 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 providers, 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.

Regina’s 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.

Saskatoon’s drive-through centre is at 3630 Thatcher Avenue, and is open 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-through 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.