There are four new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, the province announced Monday. For the first time since the initial confirmation of the new virus in the province, the number of new cases of recovery has exceeded the number of new cases with 14.
It is also the smallest increase in new cases since March 18.
The province says that out of a total of 253 cases, 169 are considered “active”. This number represents confirmed cases, minus recoveries and deaths.
The number of active files is down from Sunday to Monday. Prime Minister Scott Moe said it was too early to say if it would be a trend, but the news is good.
“It shows that what we do works,” said Moe. “You make a difference, you save lives. “
Unchanged since Sunday, four people are still hospitalized. Two patients are receiving hospital treatment and one patient is in intensive care in Saskatoon. One person is in intensive care in Regina.
To date, 81 people have recovered from the virus in Saskatchewan, with 14 new recoveries on Monday.
One hundred and twelve cases are considered travel related. Seventy-seven cases are in contact with the community, including mass gatherings, 14 have no known exposure and 50 are still under investigation.
Saskatoon continues to experience the highest number of cases in the province, with 127. The province said it was due to more people returning from trips to the region.
Fifty-one cases are located in Regina, 47 in the north, 15 in the south, 10 in central Saskatchewan and three in the far north.
There are 110 cases in the 20 to 44 age group, 89 in the 45 to 64 year age group, 43 in the over 65 age group and 11 in the under 19 age group.
In total, 53% of the cases concern men and 47% of women.
The province says 14,178 tests have been completed. Saskatchewan has the second highest rate of per capita testing in the country.
The next provincial update will be at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on CTVNewsRegina.ca.
For more information on the Government of Saskatchewan, visit saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus
The province has encouraged members of the public to download the SaskAlert application for accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19.
Users can choose to receive information for the entire province, or for a municipality or First Nation.
In an emergency, a tone sounds even when the application is closed. The app will provide emergency information and instructions on how to stay safe.
The app is available for download on Android and Apple here.
Personal protective equipment concerns
Scott Livingstone of SHA says there is no shortage of personal protective equipment in the province, and health workers are not asked to ration supplies.
Moe says the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) will provide an in-depth information session on Wednesday April 8. This information session will include future modeling scenarios and an overview of provincial peak capacity plans. SHA updates will continue to take place weekly on Tuesday.