Saskatchewan has 25 new COVID cases, nine more recoveries

There are 25 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Oct. 14, bringing the total to 2,199 cases. The new cases are located in the Far Northeast (4), North Central (5), Northeast (7), Saskatoon (4), Central East (1), Regina (3) and Southeast (1) zones.

One of the cases pending location from Oct. 13 has been assigned to Regina; the second location is still pending.

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Of the 2,199 reported cases, 254 are considered active.  A total of 1,920 people have recovered, including nine more patients who recovered as of Oct. 14.

Seven people are in hospital. Six people are receiving inpatient care; four in the Saskatoon zone, one in the North Central zone and one in the Central East zone. One person is in intensive care in Saskatoon.

Of the 2,199 cases in the province to date, 318 cases are travellers; 1,071 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 618 have no known exposures; 192 are under investigation by local public health, and 78 cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to healthcare in all instances.

By age category, 380 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 735 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 663 are in the 40-59 age range; 350 are in the 60-79 age range; and 71 are in the 80-plus range.

About 51 per cent of the cases are females and 49 per cent are males.Twenty-five deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

There are 466 cases are from the south area (226 southwest, 207 south central, 33 southeast); 454 cases are from the Saskatoon area; 379 cases are from the far north area (356 far northwest, 0 far north central, 23 far northeast); 350 cases are from the north area (140 northwest, 132 north central, 78 northeast); 315 cases are from the central area (187 central west, 128 central east), and 234 cases are from the Regina area.

To date, 220,659 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of Oct. 12, when other provincial and national numbers are available from Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 152,804 people tested per million population. The national rate was 220,001 people tested per million population.

Yesterday, 1,700 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.

Private Gathering Sizes Reduced Starting Oct. 16

With the increasing rise in cases throughout Saskatchewan linked to public and private social gatherings, the Public Health order on gathering sizes in private residences is being amended so that the maximum allowable gathering size for private gatherings in the home will be 15. This will be in effect as of Friday, Oct. 16.

This will not impact restaurants, licensed establishments, banquet halls as well as weddings, funerals and religious gatherings which are all required to follow seating and physical distancing guidelines as described in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/re-open-saskatchewan-plan.

Any event that occurs in a private dwelling, including weddings, religious gathering and funerals, must abide by the 15-person gathering limit.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is available to anyone who requests it.  A referral for testing can be made by contacting HealthLine 811, your physician or nurse practitioner.  If you require urgent care, call 911.

Further information on testing is available at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-information.