Released on October 13, 2020
There are 34 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on October 13, bringing the total to 2,174 cases. The new cases are located in the North Central (9), Saskatoon (8), Central West (4), and Regina (11) zones. Two cases have locations pending.
Public health investigations continue to follow up on all new cases to determine if they have links to known events or if they are new transmissions within the community.
With the increasing rise in cases throughout Saskatchewan, linked to public and private social gatherings, Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab is amending the Public Health order on gathering sizes in private residences. As of Thursday night (12:01 am Friday, October 16) the maximum allowable gathering size for private gatherings in the home will be 15.
“Even with increasing community transmission rates we still have the power to effect change, to flatten that curve, but it means all residents have to do their part to help keep their friends and family safe,” Shahab said.
Dr. Shahab is also strongly recommending masks be worn in all indoor public locations where physical distancing of two metres is not possible or predictable. Above all, stay home if sick.
Of the 2,174 reported cases, 238 are considered active. A total of 1,911 people have recovered.
Nine people are in hospital. Seven people are receiving inpatient care; 4 in Saskatoon, 1 in Regina, 1 in North Central and 1 in Central East. One person is in intensive care in Regina and one person is in intensive care in Saskatoon.
Of the 2,174 cases in the province to date:
Overall in Saskatchewan to date:
To date, 218,959 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of October 11, 2020 when other provincial and national numbers are available from Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 151,482 people tested per million population. The national rate was 217,924 people tested per million population.
Yesterday, 2037 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.
Note Correction: an incorrect number of total tests was reported in yesterday’s COVID-19 case news releases. There were 684 tests that were doubled counted, therefore the correct total number of tests performed on October 11th was 2,553.
Failure to Abide by Public Health Orders May Result in Fines
In Saskatchewan and across the country, public health authorities are seeing increasing transmission rates as a result of contravention of public health orders and guidelines, particularly as a result of public and private gatherings. There can be very serious consequences for not following Public Health Orders, including fines in cases where negligence or misconduct have been found. Fines may be $2,000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations, plus a victim surcharge.
Everyone should continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not attend or host any events if you are experiencing symptoms, even if they are mild.
COVID-19 testing is available to anyone who requests it. A referral for testing can be made by contacting HealthLine 811, your physician or nurse practitioner. If you require 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 COVID-19 Information
General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.
Find the most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.
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