COVID-19 in Saskatchewan: 34 new cases Monday, largest day-to-day increase to date

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Thirty-four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Saskatchewan on Monday, May 4, the largest peak in a day since its first detection in the province.

There are 29 new cases in the far north region, four in the north and one in the Saskatoon region. As of Monday, there were 154 active cases in the province. Ninety-seven active cases are in the far north region.

Dr. Saqib Shahab, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said there are more aggressive tests and screenings in the La Loche area.

“I don’t think … it should be unexpected that we can see a relatively large number of people in this area for a number of reasons,” Prime Minister Scott Moe said on Monday at a press conference.

“First, we go back to about two weeks, when the infection started, when physical distance may not have been the priority it is today in these communities. Second, we are testing more in these areas. “

Targeted screening is underway in La Loche, with mobile and driving testing options available, said Scott Livingstone, CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

One positive case in a Beauval grocery store was linked to nine cases in Beauval, Ile-a-la-Cross, Buffalo Narrows and Jans Bay.

A regional breakdown of COVID-19 cases reported in Saskatchewan as of May 4. (CBC)

The tests are available at the Buffalo Narrows Health Center, the Beauval Health Center, the La Loche Health Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ile-a-la-Crosse, according to Livingstone.

“As we progress we will see some local areas with increased transmission and we will have to understand and manage this,” said Shahab.

Meanwhile, there are 35 active cases in the northern region, including outbreaks at Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert and Lloydminster Hospital.

There are now 11 people hospitalized in the province. Three people are hospitalized in the north and four in Saskatoon. Four people are in intensive care: one in the north and three in Saskatoon.

Provincial data indicates that of a total of 467 cases, 138 are related to travel, 182 are close contacts or mass gatherings and 40 cases with no known transmission, indicating community transmission.

There are 107 cases still under investigation.

On Monday, the province performed and processed the results of 32,332 tests. There were 762 tests on Sunday and 727 on Saturday.

The highest increase in cases from a previous day occurred on March 28, when 30 cases of COVID-19 were reported.

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