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“We’re also seeing sporadic cases where people can’t really identify their exposure. They haven’t really been anywhere, they haven’t been to a big event, ”Shahab said.
Unlike previous outbreaks, such as the cases on Hutterite colonies or in the northwestern village of La Loche, University of Saskatchewan professor of biochemistry, microbiology and immunology Dr. Kyle Anderson said this latest increase was not tied to a single group, demographic or community.
“You can think of it like torrential rain, where maybe your house is rainy and the house next to you isn’t,” Anderson said.
“Now it’s raining everywhere.”
In the week of September 29 to October 5, Saskatchewan added 76 new cases of COVID-19 and performed 14,668 tests. This means that on average just over 0.55% of tests came back positive.
During the week of October 6 to 12, the province added 172 new cases after performing 15,506 tests. The positivity rate doubled to 1.1%.
In the east-central region, which includes Yorkton, the cumulative number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic doubled between September 25 and October 12, from 63 to 127. Thirty-nine of those cases are considered active.
There are also 47 cases considered active in the North Central region, which includes Prince Albert. A series of church gatherings in that city resulted in an epidemic on First Nations reserves in the north, prompting many to restrict access to their lands. The Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority was only reporting four active cases of COVID-19 in its member communities a week ago. Now he earns 29.