25 new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan; SHA Reports Meadow Lake Hospital Outbreak

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority reported a COVID-19 outbreak at Meadow Lake Hospital on Wednesday, shortly before the provincial government announced there were 25 new cases in Saskatchewan.

The epidemic is the second reported by SHA in as many days. Authorities reported an outbreak at a dairy facility in Saskatoon on Tuesday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan is now 512.

Twenty-four of the cases reported on Wednesday are in the far north, including 22 in La Loche. The 25th new case is in the Saskatoon region.

Of the total number of cases, 163 were from the Saskatoon region, 152 from the far north, 95 from the northern region of the province, 76 from the Regina region, 15 from the southern region and 11 from the central region.

There have been 94 new cases in the far north since the start of May.

Of the total number of cases, 194 are currently considered active. This includes 138 cases in the far north, 36 in the north, 17 in Saskatoon and three in Regina. There are no active cases in the southern or central regions.

Two more people have been declared reinstated, bringing the provincial total to date to 312. Six Saskatchewan residents have died to date.

Currently, 13 people are hospitalized, nine of whom (seven in Saskatoon and two in the North) are receiving inpatient care. Four people are in intensive care, including three in Saskatoon and one in the north.

Of the total number of cases, 204 are contacts with the community, 139 are travelers, 124 are under investigation by public health and 45 have no known exposure.

To date, 43 health workers have contracted the virus.

There have been 66 cases involving people 19 years of age or younger. This number has more than doubled since April 28, when there were 30 cases.

To date, there have also been 182 cases in people aged 20 to 39, 159 in the age group 40 to 59, 90 in the age group 60 to 79 and 15 who are aged 80 and over.

On Tuesday, 670 tests were performed, bringing the provincial total to date to 33,591.

Meadow Lake hatch

In Meadow Lake, there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a hospital staff member. So far, no patient has shown symptoms.

SHA said that Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu, one of its medical officers of health, declared the epidemic on Tuesday evening. The infected staff member and the close contacts isolate themselves and further tracing of the contacts is in progress.

SHA noted that the hospital’s emergency department and emergency surgical and obstetric services are still available. This could change if public health and Meadow Lake hospital management consider the risk too high.

Changes to travel restrictions in the North

Initially, Stony Rapids and La Ronge were not included in the non-essential travel ban in northern Saskatchewan.

After consulting with local public health officials, the government is now including these communities in the travel ban in the northern administrative district of Saskatchewan.

“These measures will help ensure that only essential travel takes place in the north, supporting measures to prevent further transmission of COVID-19,” the government said in a press release.

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