COVID-19 in Saskatchewan: Province reports 60 new cases Wednesday

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Saskatchewan announced 60 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. This is a provincial record of the number of cases reported in a day.Fifty of the new cases are in the south, four in Saskatoon, three in the central area, two in the far north and one in the north.

Forty-three of the new cases are located in a single community living setting in RM Lawtonia.

In a press release, the province said it was working with community leaders where high numbers of cases exist to “place additional restrictions on all non-essential travel to and from their communities.” This would include travel between the Hutterite colonies.

Prime Minister Scott Moe said on Wednesday that, overall, cooperation between the government and the Hutterite Security Council had been good, but that he had heard of isolated cases where people were not following guidelines. .

Moe and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Saqib Shahab said that although the majority of cases are in one area, the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 remains across the province.

Moe said local leaders were receptive to measures needed to contain the spread of the virus.

« [We need] to also work with them to ensure that they have a very complete understanding of what a self-imposed travel restriction means and how that is really a requirement for successfully containing the virus, not only in their community, but without propagating it in the surroundings. communities, ”Moe said.

This map shows RMs in which the province says there are Hutterite settlements with known active cases of COVID-19. (CBC Graphics)

Seventeen Hutterite communities have experienced active cases. They are located in the following rural municipalities:

  • Auverge.
  • Biggar.
  • Carmichael.
  • Eagle Creek.
  • Grandview.
  • Harris.
  • Kindersley.
  • Lawtonia.
  • Maple Creek.
  • Newcombe.
  • Perdue.
  • Pleasant Valley.
  • Prairiedale.
  • Saskatchewan Landing.
  • Saint Andrew.
  • Tramping Lake.
  • Webb.

Moe and Shahab stressed that the blame should not be placed on a single community or person.

Moe said the government would not set a timeline for how long it would wait to adopt its own travel restriction because each settlement and community is different and has its own needs.

There are currently 190 known active COVID-19 cases in the province.

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