There are 40 new COVID-19 cases to report to Saskatchewan on Oct. 16, bringing the total to 2,270 cases. New cases are found in West North West (6), East North East (7), North West (1), North Central (8), Saskatoon (7), Central West (1), Central East (2), Regina Areas (7) and South-Central (1).
Of the 2,270 reported cases, 299 are considered active. A total of 1,946 people have recovered.
Two cases that were assigned to the Central East (1) and Regina (1) were considered to be outside the province’s cases and were dropped, bringing the total number of cases to 2,270 cases. The remaining issue with the stay information is assigned to Regina.
Twenty-three of today’s new cases are related to close contacts / meetings. Note that prevalent events are not limited to those who attended the event itself, but transmit quickly to local settings. The most recent summary data available shows that 79 individuals in many communities tested positive for COVID-19 are associated with the Prince Albert Gospel Worship event, including case contacts of attendees. At least 250 contacts have been part of the contact investigation in connection with this widespread event.
Nine people are in the hospital. Seven people are receiving hospital care; five in the Saskatoon area and two in the North Central area. Two people are in intensive care, one in Saskatoon and one in Regina.
From 2,270 cases in the province so far:
- 318 cases are passengers;
- 1,101 are community contacts (including mass meetings);
- 628 have no known exposures; and
- 223 are under investigation by the local public health.
Generally in Saskatchewan to date:
- 78 cases are health care workers; however, the source of infections may not be related to health care in all cases.
- 394 cases involve people aged 19 and under, while the rest are adults.
- 771 cases are in the age range of 20-39 years; 682 are in the age range 40-59 years; 352 are in the age range 60-79; and 71 are in the 80 plus range.
- 51 percent of cases are female and 49 percent are male.
- 25 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported so far.
- There are:
- 468 cases are from the southern area (226 in the south-west, 209 in the south-center, 33 in the south-east)
- 469 cases are from the Saskatoon area
- 397 cases are from the north area (365 in the north west, 0 in the north north, 32 far in the north east)
- 363 cases are from the north area (141 in the north-west, 142 in the north-center, 80 in the north-east)
- 325 cases are from the central area (188 in the central west, 137 in the central east)
- 248 cases are from the Regina area
To date, 225,532 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of October 14, 2020, when other provincial and national numbers are available from the Canada Public Health Agency, the Saskatchewans per capita rate was 155,189 people tested per million population. The national rate was 223,552 people tested per million population.
Yesterday, 2568 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.
Failure to comply with public health orders may result in fines
In Saskatchewan and across the country, public health authorities are seeing increased transmission levels as a result of violating public health orders and guidelines, particularly as a result of public and private rallies. There can be very serious consequences for non-compliance with Public Health Orders, including fines in cases where negligence or misconduct is found. Fines can be $ 2,000 for individuals and $ 10,000 for corporations, plus a victim surcharge.
Two additional fines were imposed: one for an individual and one for a corporation for non-compliance with public health order. A business has been ordered to be temporarily closed due to inadequate COVID-19 mitigation measures. Owners / operators will work with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to rectify these issues.
Reduced Private Gathering Sizes
As of October 16, private indoor gatherings can have a maximum of 15 people at home or in buildings located on private property (eg garages, huts). The physical distance of two meters must be observed when people from outside the extended family are present.
This will not affect restaurants, licensed institutions, banquet halls, as well as weddings, funerals and religious gatherings which are all required to follow the guidelines for lowering and physical distance as described in the Saskatchewan New-Open Plan https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/re-open- saskatchewan plans. Any event that takes place in a private residence, including weddings, religious gatherings and funerals, must respect the gathering limit of 15 people.
COVID-19 testing is available to anyone requesting it. A referral for testing can be made by contacting HealthLine 811, your doctor or physician. If you need urgent care, call 911.
Further information on testing is available at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-information.
General information COVID-19
General public research can be directed to [email protected].
Find the most up-to-date version of the Saskatchewan Re-Open plan at www.saskatchewan.ca/re- open.