COVID-19 Updates for Saskatoon and Region for Tuesday, April 21

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SASKATOON –
Check back throughout the day for the latest information on COVID-19 in Saskatoon and the region.

If you are concerned that you may be infected with COVID-19, the Saskatchewan COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool is a useful resource.

Here are tips on how to practice physical / social distance and self-isolate properly at home. Are you having financial difficulties due to COVID-19? Support may be offered by the federal government and the province.

COVID-19 Confirmed in the English River First Nation

Four cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the English River First Nation.

Positive test results were received Monday evening and mark the first confirmed appearance of the virus in the community, according to a First Nation press release.

“The infected people were already isolated pending the results of their tests. They will continue to isolate themselves for at least 14 days under the supervision of public health officials, “the statement said.

Moe to deliver live address

Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe will speak to the province Wednesday evening before announcing plans to reopen the economy.

The address is scheduled to start at 6:02 p.m. CTV News at Six will broadcast and be broadcast live.

Moe will speak about Saskatchewan’s progress on COVID-19, including emphasizing vigilance as economic restrictions are lifted.

Moe and chief medical officer of health Dr. Saqib Shahab will announce a plan to reopen the province Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Tips for couples

According to a Saskatoon psychologist and counselor, the COVID-19 pandemic can pose additional challenges for couples living together, but can also help them reconnect.

“What COVID offers us is an opportunity to build new experiences together as couples and then as a couple with their families, so I think there is a lot of hope in this,” said Mary Lou Fletcher, registered psychologist at the Family Counseling Center in Saskatoon.

However, she said that several variables can challenge couples.

Gas price crater

For some drivers, refueling at the pumps can be like going back in time.

Costco in Saskatoon was selling gasoline at 58.9 cents per liter Tuesday afternoon. Other companies were selling at 61.9 cents, according to Gasbuddy.com.

These prices have not been seen in almost two decades, says oil analyst Dan McTeague.

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New rules for staffing long-term care homes

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) says limiting staff movement between long-term care facilities and screening for symptoms is part of its COVID-19 Control Plan Province.

Long-term care facilities have been the site of fatal virus epidemics in other parts of Canada.

Effective April 28, workers in personal care and long-term care homes will only be allowed to work in one facility.

SHA says nursing homes can request special approval from a medical officer of health to allow staff to work in more than one facility. This exception would be made if the establishment is unable to maintain appropriate staffing levels.

4 new COVID-19 boxes

The province of Saskatchewan reported four new known cases of COVID-19 and 14 other recoveries on Tuesday.

Five people are currently hospitalized, including one in intensive care.

Saskatchewan now has 320 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of these cases, 64 are considered active. To date, 252 recoveries have taken place in the province.

Garage sales not to do

Garage and garage sales are prohibited until further notice, the City of Saskatoon announced on Tuesday.

“Garage and garage sales are not essential public services or businesses licensed under the Provincial Public Health Ordinance,” said a statement.

“The Order also requires us to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to avoid gatherings with people outside of our immediate homes.”

The city has also temporarily closed playgrounds and the Cranberry Plains Conservation Area.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Saqib Shahab said on Monday that lonely walks and the outdoors are fine as long as people keep their distance.

New test in progress

A Saskatchewan-based company has developed a new way of testing the COVID-19 virus, called COVID-seq, which, according to its creators, will go a long way in stopping this pandemic and future pandemics.

COVID-seq changes standard DNA sequencing methods to identify pathogens like COVID-19, and this allows Bio-ID Diagnostics Inc. to run a higher volume of tests that produce more accurate results in diagnosis of the virus.

“This will allow scientists not only to track the origins of disease or epidemics, but also to diagnose and initiate some sort of mediation, such as vaccine development, much more quickly,” said Dr. Reno Pontarollo of Bio-ID. Diagnostics.

3D printed masks

A team of engineers from the University of Saskatchewan is using 3D printers to design a comfortable, reusable and disinfectable N95 class respirator.

“We are trying to make the masks from the most commonly available materials for 3D printing, so anyone with a 3D printer should be able to produce this easily,” said Erik Olson, graduate engineering student, in a statement. Press.

The masks are intended to protect doctors and nurses from COVID-19 emergencies amid a global shortage of medical grade masks.

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Leader of NDP also practices medicine during pandemic

Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili returned to a familiar place over the weekend. It was not a matter of debating on the floor of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, but of working as a doctor.

“There are so many people who are involved in so many ways, this is a small contribution that I am able to make and I am honored to be able to do so,” said Meili.

Meili worked as a family doctor before entering politics. He said he had approached the province’s College of Physicians to re-activate his license in March as COVID-19 cases began to appear in Saskatchewan.

Meili plans to work one day a week at COVID-19 to test this here in the city.

Municipal election in the middle of COVID-19

The uncertainty created by the pandemic is looming high as the city of Saskatoon prepares for municipal elections this fall.

Returning Officer Scott Bastian told a city committee that his team is examining how other cities meet physical distance requirements. He said they were looking to provide gloves and masks for election workers, but it is difficult to predict what to prepare for.

Online therapy dogs

The University of Saskatchewan’s PAWS Your Stress Therapy program launched its new online program on Tuesday.

It provides students and community members with pandemic-specific mental health safety tips.

“We all quickly learn that physical alienation does not necessarily mean that we disconnect from supports in our lives, and that includes therapy dogs,” said Colleen Dell, professor of sociology and research chair University of Health in One Health and Wellness.

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Monday recap

There was a new case of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan on Monday, the province said in its

daily update

on the numbers.

The total number of confirmed cases in Saskatchewan is 326, 74 of which are considered active.

The city’s business community is hoping for more latitude – and time – from the city hall in paying utility bills and property taxes following the pandemic.

Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

make the request

in a letter to city council.

In addition, a survey in Humboldt provides an overview of the situation of some companies during the pandemic, with more than half of those interviewed declaring that they were unable to offer their services under the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The calendar of events for this summer has suffered another

cancellation

from Saskatoon Ribfest. The city also declared Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

will be closed

until further notice during the pandemic.

As of Monday, up to 600 smartphones

started to be distributed

to students without Internet access in Saskatoon.

When the schools

were closed in March,

the province said students would receive a final grade based on their current grades, but that students would be able to do more work online if they needed to improve that grade.

On Friday, the province updated Saskatchewan’s public health order to protect vulnerable citizens. Effective April 28, workers in personal and long-term care homes be authorized to work in a single establishment. SHA says nursing homes can request special approval from a medical officer of health to allow staff to work in more than one facility. This exception would be made if the establishment is unable to maintain appropriate staffing levels.On Friday, the province updated Saskatchewan’s public health order to protect vulnerable citizens. Effective April 28, workers in personal and long-term care homes be authorized to work in a single establishment. SHA says nursing homes can request special approval from a medical officer of health to allow staff to work in more than one facility. This exception would be made if the establishment is unable to maintain appropriate staffing levels.

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