Far north Saskatchewan has taken first place in a race nobody wants to win. As of June 29, the region has seen more total cases of COVID-19 per capita than any other region in Canada.
According to data cited by the Public Health Agency of Canada June 29, the far north region has seen more per capita cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic than any other Canadian health region.
The data, compiled by the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group, lists the region’s total number of cases - 324 as of June 29, in an area with a population of 37,286 people - as equivalent to 867 cases per 100,000 people. The second-highest per capita population region in Canada, located in the Lanaudière region in Quebec north of Montreal, has seen 824.1 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people as of June 29.
The far north region covers areas formerly covered by the Mamawetan-Churchill River Health Region, including communities in Saskatchewan near Flin Flon including Creighton, Denare Beach, Pelican Narrows, Deschambault Lake, Sandy Bay and others. No cases of COVID-19 have been reported within any community in northeastern Saskatchewan, with cases concentrated around communities including La Loche, Beauval and Clearwater River Dene Nation.
Meanwhile, northern Manitoba and the Northern Health Region (NHR) has one of the lowest rates of per capita COVID-19 infections in Canada. In a region with an estimated population of around 76,000 people, only three cases have been reported in northern Manitoba - good for a rate of only 3.95 cases per 100,000 people. No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the NHR since April 8 - as of June 29, northern Manitoba has gone 82 straight days with no new infections.
The data is freely available to be viewed online at art-bd.shinyapps.io/covid19canada/.
Manitoba reported two new cases of COVID-19 June 29, along with four new cases of the disease June 27. The four new cases June 27 were found in three men in Winnipeg - two in their 30s and one in his 40s - and a man in his 30s from the Southern Health-Sante Sud region. The two cases found June 29 were both in Winnipeggers, one a woman in her 20s and the other a man in his 30s.
Investigations by provincial health officials have found most of the new Manitoba cases have been connected to travel or close contact with people who were already sick with COVID-19.
No Manitobans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. In total, 17 active cases of the disease remain in Manitoba, while 324 total cases of the disease have been reported province-wide during the entire outbreak.
Far northern Saskatchewan reported the province’s only new case of COVID-19 June 29, bringing the province’s total number of cases to 779 and the number of active cases to 87. The home community of the newest far north case is unknown.
Of the 87 active cases, 51 are either in the far north or north regions of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s far north region has reported 324 total cases of COVID-19 as of June 29 - exactly as many as the entire province of Manitoba has during the outbreak, despite Manitoba having more than 36 times as many people as far north Saskatchewan.