Increased, untraceable spread of COVID-19 in Saskatoon, health officials say


Saskatoon’s medical officer of health says the city and surrounding areas continue to experience an increase in COVID-19 activity this week.“We ask everyone to be very vigilant,” Dr. Simon Kapai said in a statement.

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In a press release issued Friday by the city of Saskatoon, health officials say there is community transmission where contact tracing does not identify the source.

Saskatoon is the province’s epicenter of active COVID-19 cases, with cases continuing to increase since mid-October.

The Saskatoon area had 128 active cases and 563 total cases as of Friday.

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Saskatchewan’s chief medical officer of health said 37 cases in the Saskatoon area are linked to Longbranch where an outbreak has been declared.

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In October alone, the Saskatchewan Health Authority declared eight outbreaks in Saskatoon that resulted in secondary and tertiary transmissions.

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Outbreaks include:

  • October 22 – Hose & Hydrant Brewery Pub
  • October 21 – Motion Fitness (Brighton)
  • October 18 – Diva nightclub
  • 16 octobre – The Longbranch
  • October 15 – The Canadian Brewery (Stonebridge)
  • October 10 – Preston Park II Residence
  • October 6 – University of Saskatchewan – College of Medicine
  • October 2 – Holy Cross High School

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“Please do all you can to stop the spread of the virus in our community,” says Pamela Goulden-McLeod, director of EMO and incident coordinator for the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“By curbing the spread, we are supporting frontline workers who put their lives at risk to keep us safe, creating the conditions for people to keep working and the economy to keep working.

Like the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Goulden-McLeod encourages people to reduce their bubbles and contact.

“Protect yourself, your family and coworkers at all times during the pandemic by following public health recommendations,” Kapai added.

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