36 new cases of COVID-19, 11 in hospital

Of the 2,306 cases in the province to date:

· 323 cases are travelers;

· 1,125 are community contacts (including mass gatherings);

· 634 have no known exposure; and

· 224 are under investigation by local public health.

Overall in Saskatchewan to date:

· 78 cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of infections may not be health care related in all cases.

· 400 cases concern people 19 years of age and under, the rest being adults.

· 790 cases are aged 20 to 39; 690 are aged 40 to 59; 353 are between 60 and 79 years old; and 73 are in the 80 and over range.

· 51% of cases are women and 49% men.

25 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported to date.

· There is:

o 479 cases are from the Saskatoon area

o 469 cases come from the south zone (226 south west, 209 south center, 34 south east)

o 403 cases originate from the far north (365 far north-west, 0 far north-central, 38 far north-east)

o 375 cases come from the north zone (144 north west, 148 north center, 83 north east)

o 327 cases come from the central zone (189 center west, 138 center east)

o 252 cases are from the Regina area

o A case has a place of residence pending.

To date, 227,964 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of October 15, 2020, when further provincial and national data is available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 156,721 people tested per million population. The national rate was 227,806 people tested per million population.

Yesterday 2,432 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.

The most recent summary data available indicates that 79 people in multiple communities have tested positive for COVID-19 are linked to the Gospel Worship event in Prince Albert, including case contacts of participants. At least 250 contacts were part of the contact survey for this high profile event. Note that “superspreader” events are not limited to those who witnessed the event itself, but are transmitted quickly to the locale.

Saskatchewan Scoreboard

For more precise data on each region, check out the Government of Saskatchewan dashboard.

Failure to comply with public health orders may result in fines

In Saskatchewan and across the country, public health authorities are seeing increased rates of transmission due to the violation of public health orders and guidelines, especially following public and private gatherings. Failure to comply with public health orders can have very serious consequences, including fines for negligence or misconduct. Fines can be $ 2,000 for individuals and $ 10,000 for corporations, plus a victim fine surcharge.

Small private gatherings

As of October 16, private indoor gatherings can have a maximum of 15 people in the house or in buildings on private property (eg Garages, sheds). A physical distance of two meters should be observed when people outside the extended household are present.

This will not affect restaurants, licensed establishments, banquet halls as well as weddings, funerals and religious gatherings which are all required to follow the seating and physical distance guidelines outlined in the plan to reopen Saskatchewan.

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