COVID-19 in Sask .: State of emergency extended by 2 weeks

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Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe says the province’s state of emergency will remain in place for at least two more weeks.

“Covid has been there for a while – for a number of months, of course, before he had access to a vaccine,” Moe said on Wednesday.

News of the extension came on the same day as health officials on Wednesday reported three new cases of COVID-19 in the province, but the number of recoveries continues to exceed new cases.

After recently talking about the potential reopening of parts of the economy, Moe warned that restrictions on certain “high risk” activities would not be lifted anytime soon.

These activities include restricting non-essential travel, mandatory self-isolation for 14 days after returning to Saskatchewan, and prohibiting family and friends from visiting long-term care homes.

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Regarding the potential reopening of schools, Moe said it probably wouldn’t happen this school year, but that his government hadn’t had that discussion.

“It’s not a perfect situation, but I think everyone benefits,” said Moe, citing options like e-learning.

Eighteen others recovered from the virus, which means that of the total 304 cases in Saskatchewan, more than two-thirds (205) were subsequently tested negative after retesting.

Notably, while a total of eight people are hospitalized, none of them are in intensive care, as has been the case for days.

When asked why the number of tests has dropped significantly in recent days, Moe replied that it is because the number of test requests has decreased.

Travel-related business is stalled

Saskatchewan’s top public health doctor has said for weeks that the province is in the community transmission phase of COVID-19. Recent figures confirm this.

Saskatchewan health officials have recently started to divide cases into two key categories: “travel related” and “community contacts”. The latter category includes people who have been infected with someone they live with, as well as people who have attended recent events or mass gatherings.

As expected after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau implored all international travelers on March 23 to return to Canada, the number of travel-related cases in Saskatchewan has declined, especially in the past two weeks.

On Tuesday, no new travel-related cases were announced in Saskatchewan. The same is true on Wednesday.

Here is how the cumulative workload for travel to the province has progressed in the past two weeks, with a further increase each day in the number of cases in brackets:

  • April 15: 131 (0).
  • April 14: 131 (0).
  • April 13: 131 (2).
  • April 12: 129 (3).
  • April 11: 126 (3).
  • April 10: 123 (1).
  • April 9: 122 (3).
  • April 8: 119 (4).
  • April 7: 115 (3).
  • April 6: 112 (3).
  • April 5: 109 (3).
  • April 4: 106 (4).
  • April 3: 102 (6).
  • April 2: 96 (9).
  • April 1: 87 (N / a).

80 cases increased among community contacts in 2 weeks

The community contact category is another story.

Between April 1 and April 14, the number of community contact cases increased by 80, compared to an increase of 44 cases in the same category in the travel category.

Here’s how the recent workload for community contacts breaks down, increasing daily in parentheses:

  • April 15: 122 (2).
  • April 14: 121 (1).
  • April 13: 120 (8).
  • April 12: 112 (6).
  • April 11: 106 (3).
  • April 10: 103 (7).
  • April 9, 96 (6).
  • April 8, 90 (10).
  • April 7: 80 (3).
  • April 6: 77 (6).
  • April 5: 71 (6).
  • April 4: 65 (7).
  • April 3, 52 (8).
  • April 2: 44 (3).
  • April 1: 41 (N / a).

One thing we don’t know yet is exactly how many people were exposed to the virus during a larger mass event or gathering, as this subcategory is broadly grouped with people infected with a family contact.

In total, as of Tuesday, Saskatchewan has reported 301 cases of COVID-19, 62% of which have recovered from the virus.

Here’s how Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 cases break down globally. Note the increasing gap between active cases (red) and recoveries (yellow).

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