A total of 2,873 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan on Friday.
This is the highest daily number of tests performed to date. The previous high was 2,129 tests performed Aug. 6.
COVID-19 testing is available to anyone in Saskatchewan who requests it, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. A referral for testing can be made by contacting HealthLine 811, your physician or nurse practitioner if you are experiencing worsening symptoms. If you require urgent care, call 911.
To date, 169,519 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of Sept. 17, when other provincial and national numbers are available from Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 119,145 people tested per million population. The national rate was 172,650 people tested per million people.
There are 11 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Sept. 19, bringing the total to 1,787 reported cases. Five new cases are in the Regina area. Two are in each of Saskatoon and South Central, and single cases are in central west and central east.
Both of the new cases reported today in Saskatoon are linked to the outbreak at Brandt Industries. Initial public health investigations suggest this outbreak is linked to out-of-province travel.
Of the 1,787 reported cases, 121, or about 6.8 per cent, are considered active.
Three more people have recovered, bringing Saskatchewan’s total to 1,642, or about 92 per cent.
A total of 10 people are in hospital. Nine people are receiving inpatient care; seven of those are in Saskatoon, one is in Regina and one is in the South Central zone. One person is in intensive care in Saskatoon.
Investigations completed thus far have found that 25 of the 121 current active cases are from communal living settings.
A total of 436 cases are from the south area (222 southwest, 199 south central, 15 southeast). Two cases in the southeast are active; one of them is in the zone that includes Estevan.
As for the rest of the province, 357 cases are from the far north area (349 far northwest, eight far northeast); 340 cases are from the Saskatoon area; 271 cases are from the north area (131 northwest, 73 north central, 67 northeast); 234 cases are from the central area (172 central west, 62 central east); and 149 cases are from the Regina area.
Of the 1,787 cases in the province to date, 265 cases are travellers, 880 are community contacts (including mass gatherings), 522 have no known exposures and 120 are under investigation by local public health.
Sixty-nine cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to healthcare in all instances.
A total of 296 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, 584 cases are in the 20-39 age range, 549 are in the 40-59 age range, 298 are in the 60-79 age range and 60 are in the 80-plus range.
Fifty per cent of the cases are females and 50 per cent are males.
Twenty-four deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported.