Nine new COVID-19 cases in Sask.; total at 104

The province reported Friday there are nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, bringing the total in Saskatchewan to 104.

The regional breakdown is as follows: Far North 3, North 13, Central (excluding Saskatoon) 8, Saskatoon 48, South (excluding Regina) 4, Regina 28. All these are confirmed cases.

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According to the news release, of the 104 cases, six individuals are hospitalized. There is one inpatient hospitalization in the North region; three hospitalized in Regina which includes two inpatient hospitalizations and one in ICU (intensive care unit) hospitalization; and two hospitalized in Saskatoon which includes one inpatient hospitalization and one ICU hospitalization.

A total of six cases are from local transmission; this up one from yesterday’s numbers, as there has been one additional case reported today in the Central region. All others are travel-related.

Of the 104 cases, four are individuals 19 years of age and under; 49 cases are ages 20-44; 33 are ages 45-64; and 18 are 65 and over. The percent breakdown is 57 per cent males and 43 per cent females.

A total of three people have recovered from the virus: one in Saskatoon, one in the south and one in the Central region. There may be more cases yet to be reported to Public Health.

A total of  7,580 COVID-19 tests have been performed by the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory to this point. The breakdown of tests is as followed by region: Far North 115, North 883, Central (excluding Saskatoon) 459, Saskatoon 3,113, South (excluding Regina) 777, Regina 2,005.

Saskatchewan chief medical officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said they are continuing to see cases linked to events or mass gatherings, such as the snowmobile event north of Prince Albert on March 14.

That is why the restriction was brought in to limit gatherings to ten people.

"Irrespective of whether it is two people or five or ten, you have to keep your social distance," said Dr. Shahab. 


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