Saskatchewan reports 34 active cases of COVID-19 in children and youth during third week of school

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Cases of the active coronavirus in children and youth continue to rise after they return to school.According to the Department of Health, there were 34 active cases of COVID-19 in children and youth across the province for the week of September 21-27.

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This is an increase from the 24 active cases reported in the same age group in the second week of school and the 14 active cases reported in the first week back to school.

“We were still expecting to see the occasional case at school that we saw,” Saskatchewan Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Saqib Shahab said Thursday during the provincial update.

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Of the active cases in youth and children, 22 are in the Saskatoon area, five in central Saskatchewan, three in Regina, two in southern Saskatchewan and one in the north.

According to Shahab, 14 schools in Saskatchewan have had cases of COVID-19 since its doors reopened.

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This includes Yorkton Regional High School, where an outbreak was declared after a group of students tested positive for the virus. All classes have since been posted online for two weeks.

Other than Yorkton High School, Shahab says the province has not seen clusters at any other school.

“There was nothing unexpected,” Shahab said. “Things are working fairly well but it is important that we stay the course.”

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Shahab says parents should get used to “constantly adjusting” to school plans, especially during the fall and winter months when cases are expected to increase as more people move to the school. inside.

“Sometimes a whole class will have to go online. Maybe there will be situations where the whole school will be online for two weeks, ”Shahab said.

“This will continue to happen, we will continue to monitor and update the guidelines (Safe Schools Plans) as needed.

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The province will provide an update of its active cases in youth and children every Thursday. The report can be found here.

School tests

No student has tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of voluntary screening at three high schools in Saskatchewan, according to the Department of Health.

During the week of September 14, asymptomatic testing was offered at Campbell Collegiate in Regina, Holy Cross School in Saskatoon, and Carlton Comprehensive High School in Prince Albert.

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“There were 987 tests completed and the positivity rate was zero percent,” the health ministry said in a press release.

All students and staff are urged to stay home if they have minor symptoms.

“Prevention of transmission in schools begins with prevention of community transmission,” the health ministry said.


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