Two new COVID cases in Saskatchewan, nine more recoveries

There are two new cases of COVID-19 to report on July 8, bringing the total to 808 cases. One new case is in the Saskatoon region and one is in the North.

Of the 808 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 47 are considered active. A total of 746 people have recovered.

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Three people are in hospital, including two individuals receiving inpatient care in the North and one in Saskatoon. No one is in intensive care.

Of the 808 cases in the province, 168 cases are travellers; 483 are community contacts (including mass gatherings); 113 have no known exposures; 44 are under investigation by local public health, and 55 cases are health care workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.

By region, 338 of the cases are from the Far North, 191 are from the Saskatoon area, 120 from the North, 80 from the Regina area, 66 from the South and 13 from the Central region.

Broken down by age category, 117 cases involve people 19 years of age and under; 284 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 253 are in the 40-59 age range; 133 are in the 60-79 age range; and 21 are in the 80-plus range.

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

To date, 70,875 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of July 6, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 52,514 people tested per million population. The national rate was 80,347 people tested per million population.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing for COVID-19 is available to anyone currently working outside the home or anyone returning to work as part of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.

Testing is also available to those being admitted to acute care for more than 24 hours, including expectant mothers, and to immune-compromised individuals and their health care providers.

If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose or a loss of your sense of taste or smell, contact HealthLine 811 or your family physician for advice on whether you should be tested for COVID-19. You can also take the online self-assessment at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.