This is the lowest number of new daily cases reported in the province since April 28, when a new case was reported.
All new cases have been reported in the far north, which is the COVID-19 epicenter of the province.
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The new cases bring the total number of cases in the region to 197, the majority of them in La Loche and the surrounding area where an epidemic was declared on April 17.
Of these, 151 are active – more than 75% of the 199 cases active in the province.
Prime Minister Scott Moe said it was too early to tell if declining numbers in the far north were a trend.
“It seems that the efforts of so many people on the ground in this community and the surrounding communities are making a difference,” said Moe.
Dr. Saqib Shahab, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said that nearly 25% of cases in the region have now recovered.
“It is a very positive sign that they are now, according to some indications, manifesting at the other end in terms of recovery,” said Shahab.
“We hope this trend will continue.”
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The other regions with active cases are the north (33), Saskatoon (13), Regina (1) and the center (1).
Eleven people are hospitalized – five in the north and six in Saskatoon. In Saskatoon, three people are in intensive care.
Six deaths have been reported from COVID-19.
The province has confirmed that phase 2 of its reopening plan will continue in Lloydminster on May 19 with the rest of the province, except La Loche.
“Phase 2 will be a very important step across the province, as it involves many more businesses and services than in Phase 1,” said Moe.
“Based on the discipline and good practices that Saskatchewan residents have followed to date, we are confident that we can continue to reopen our economy further while continuing to control the spread of COVID-19.”
The Saskatchewan reopening was suspended at Lloydminster after a group was identified at the city hospital on April 29.
Officials said on May 7 that the situation had stabilized and Lloydminster would proceed to phase 1 on May 11, which would allow the resumption of certain medical services, including dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy, medical services. opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy and chiropractic.
Phase 2 allows the reopening of retail sales and certain personal care services, including hair salons, barbers and registered massage therapists.
Fourteen new recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries to 363.
Here is a breakdown of the total number of cases in Saskatchewan by age:
- 79 people are 19 and under
- 200 people are between 20 and 39 years old
- 176 are 40 to 59
- 96 people are 60 to 79 years old
- 17 people are 80 and over
Men represent 50% of cases, women 50%.
Authorities say 66 cases are the result of local exposures that have not been identified and are not linked to travel, mass rallies or events.
Premier Scott Moe and Dr. Saqib Shahab, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, update the situation for coronaviruses in the province at 2:30 p.m.
Global News is broadcasting the press conference live.
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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
Health authorities warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to isolate themselves for 14 days, beginning on March 26, in case they develop symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to other people. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or implementing measures to ensure self-isolation for people returning to the region.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.
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