A record 439 new COVID-19 cases announced in Saskatchewan. the Saturday

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Saskatchewan set a new record for the number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with 439 new cases reported on Saturday.The sharp increase in cases has also allowed the province to surpass the 6,000 cases reported since the start of the pandemic, with 6,237 to date.

The sharp increase was in part due to a record number of tests processed on Friday – 4,580 – and because weather and logistical delays meant there was a backlog in reporting some cases, provincial officials said in Saturday’s update.

With 170 new cases, the Saskatoon region saw the largest increase on Saturday, followed by Regina and the Northwest Zone, both of which reported 56 new cases. The north-central zone has 43 new cases, and the remaining 114 cases are spread across the province.

On Saturday, the province announced a total of 439 new active COVID-19 cases. This map details where active cases are currently located in the province. (Government of Saskatchewan)

The number of active cases in the province is now 2,537 – a 400% increase from a month ago when there were 509 active cases in Saskatchewan.

Hospitalizations also hit a record on Saturday, dropping to 93 from 85 on Friday.

Of those who are hospitalized, 72 receive hospital care while 21 receive intensive care.

The number of people who have died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 remains at 33.

So far, the province has processed a total of 314,670 COVID-19 tests.

Of the cases in the province, 434 involve travelers, 2,731 are from community contacts, 1,238 have no known exposure, and 1,789 are under investigation.

“Will consider other measures”: Moe

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe released a statement regarding Saturday’s numbers, which he called “very concerning.”

“Our seven-day average for new cases is now 203, which is the highest ever,” Moe said.

“Although it is too early for the new measures implemented last week to have an impact, we continue to assess the situation closely and will consider further measures. Our government works closely with [Chief Medical Health Officer] Dr. [Saqib] Shahab and public health officials will have more to say early next week, ”the prime minister said.

“For now, let’s all do our part to protect ourselves and those around us. ”

This includes reducing the number of contacts you have, reducing activities outside the home, wearing a mask if you go out, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands.

“We can keep ourselves and those around us safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by taking these steps,” Moe said.

Saskatchewan’s previous record for new active cases in a single day was on Nov. 14, when 308 cases were reported.

Nurses union ‘horrified’

Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Nurses Union, says the increase in cases is more than disturbing for those battling COVID-19 on the front lines.

“We are horrified, scared, disappointed and frustrated,” Zambory said, adding that the union has been calling for tougher measures for weeks.

“We cannot wait to reach a higher number. We are reaching critical mass here. ”

Nurses and other health professionals are already “exhausted,” Zambory said.

“They go out of their way every day, because that’s what RNs do, that’s what frontline caregivers do. We are there for our patients.

Zambory said the union called on the province to take immediate action to slow the spread of COVID-19, which could include shutdowns if necessary, noting that there was a lot of risk if changes were not made.

“The Prime Minister must take decisive action and he must act quickly,” she said. “Our numbers are at an all time high and they will only continue to grow. ”

Without action over the next three weeks, Saskatchewan could find itself in a worse position than neighboring Manitoba, which is now under strict COVID-19 restrictions after seeing the worst per capita rate of COVID-19 cases among the Canadian provinces.

“What is at stake is people’s lives,” she said. “We need to stop making it a competition between the economy and people’s lives. We can work together to make sure the two stay intact. “

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