COVID-19 update: One new death, nine new cases, 13 in hospital, 21 more recoveries

There are nine new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on July 28, bringing the total to 1,218 cases. The new cases are located in the South (3), Saskatoon (2), North (2), Central (1) and Regina (1) regions.

One person from the South who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. This person was in the 70-79 age range.

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Of the 1,218 reported cases, 294 are considered active. A total of 907 people have recovered.

Thirteen people are in hospital. Eight people are receiving inpatient care; three in Saskatoon, two in the Central region, two in the South and one in Regina. Five people are in intensive care; three in Saskatoon and two in Regina.

Of the 1,218 cases in the province:

• 200 cases are travellers;

• 616 are community contacts (including mass gatherings);

• 293 have no known exposures; and

• 109 are under investigation by local public health.

Overall in Saskatchewan:

• 61 cases are health care workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.

• 347 of the cases are from the Far North, 267 from the South, 239 are from the Saskatoon area, 136 from the North, 139 from the Central region and 89 from the Regina area. One case’s location is still pending.

• 185 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, while the remainder are adults.

• 404 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 378 are in the 40-59 age range; 212 are in the 60-79 age range; and 39 are in the 80-plus range.

• 51 per cent of the cases are females and 49 per cent are males.

• 17 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

To date, 93,669 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.  As of July 26, 2020, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 68,474 people tested per million population.  The national rate was 102,791 people tested per million population.

Yesterday, 873 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Day - August Long Weekend

While Saskatchewan summers are short and our few long weekends are precious, plan for a safe August long weekend.

Plan activities with families or individuals in your extended household group, visit greenspaces in and around your community or beat the heat by checking out one of the many great Saskatchewan lakes.

Whatever your long weekend plans, remember that public health orders remain in place to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Continue to practice preventative measures:

• Wash your hands frequently.

• Practice physical distancing of two metres.

• Wear a mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

• Limit contacts outside your home to your extended household group.

• Stay home if you are sick.

There may be social or peer pressure to attend events that you feel pose an unacceptable amount of risk to you and your family.  Decisions not to attend are your own, and are not cause for ridicule or shame.  Family and friends should understand and respect measures that people are taking to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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. 

Since introducing universal testing, there has been an increase in requests to be tested with the corresponding increase in provincial testing numbers. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is working to ensure responsive service timing. Contact your physician’s office if you are experiencing worsening symptoms. If you require urgent care, call 911.

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

Find the most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.

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