COVID-19 update: Record high testing; 11 new cases, 10 in hospital, three more recoveries

There are 11 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on September 19, bringing the total to 1,787 reported cases.  The new cases are located in the Saskatoon (2), Central West (1), Central East (1), Regina (5) and South Central (2) zones.

Both of the new cases reported today in Saskatoon are linked to the outbreak at Brandt Industries.  Initial public health investigations suggest this outbreak is linked to out-of-province travel.

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Of the 1,787 reported cases, 121 are considered active.  A total of 1,642 people have recovered.

A total of 10 people are in hospital. Nine people are receiving inpatient care; seven of those are in Saskatoon, one is in Regina and one is in the South Central zone.  One person is in intensive care in Saskatoon.

Investigations completed thus far have found that 25 of the 121 current active cases are from communal living settings.

Of the 1,787 cases in the province to date:

•       265 cases are travellers;

•       880 are community contacts (including mass gatherings);

•       522 have no known exposures; and

•       120 are under investigation by local public health

Overall in Saskatchewan to date:

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

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

•       584 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 549 are in the 40-59 age range; 298 are in the 60-79 age range; and 60 are in the 80-plus range.

•       50 per cent of the cases are females and 50 per cent are males.

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

•       There are:

o       436 cases are from the south area (222 south west, 199 south central, 15 south east)

o       357 cases are from the far north area (349 far north west, 0 far north central, 8 far north east)

o       340 cases are from the Saskatoon area

o       271 cases are from the north area (131 north west, 73 north central, 67 north east)

o       234 cases are from the central area (172 central west, 62 central east)

o       149 cases are from the Regina area

To date, 169,519 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.  As of September 17, 2020 when other provincial and national numbers are available from Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 119,145 people tested per million population.  The national rate was 172,650 people tested per million population.

Yesterday, 2,873 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.  This is the highest daily number of tests performed to date. The previous highest was 2,129 tests performed on August 6.

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, your physician or nurse practitioner if you are experiencing worsening symptoms.  If you require urgent care, call 911.

Priority testing is available for those who are symptomatic, health care workers and first responders, teachers and school staff.

If you are asymptomatic and planning to travel but require a test, please allow a minimum of seven days from the date of your test through to notification of results.  You can also view your results directly on MySaskHealthRecord.

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