14 new cases in SK brings total to 86

The province has announced that as of March 25 it has 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 86.

The regional breakdown of cases is as follows: North 3, Central (excluding Saskatoon)  8, Saskatoon 41, South (excluding Regina) 7, and Regina 27.

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Of the total, four are 19 years of age and under, 69 are between the ages of 20 and 64, and 13 are 65 years and older. The male-female ratio is 57 to 43 per cent. 

Among the 86 cases, 82 are travel related, but four are as a result of local transmission, which is no change from the previous update. Dr. Saqib.Shahab, chief medical officer for the province, noted at the news conference Wednesday these were the same ones that were mentioned the previous day: one in Regina, two in Saskatoon and one in Prince Albert.

No deaths have been reported in Saskatchewan to this point. There are currently four hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the province, some of which are due to underlying conditions. Two are in intensive care.

To date, 6,270 COVID-19 tests have been performed by Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory. Dr. Shahab noted the number of tests were on the high side per capita in Canada.

"We are testing extensively," said Dr. Shahab. He also noted that there have been no outbreaks yet in long-term care facilities, something other provinces have had to contend with.

In addition, the province stated in a news release that the Ministry of Health is working with licensing bodies to support recruitment of recently retired health professionals like registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, laboratory, diagnostic technicians and others to assist with expected demands on the acute care system during the pandemic response.

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