Five new cases of COVID-19 in Sask., 12 more recoveries

Saskatchewan has five new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 627, the Ministry of Health said Friday.  

One of the cases is in the south, bringing the total for the region to 16. It’s the first confirmed case for the south region since April 4, which was the longest stretch without a case for a region in the province.

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The south region stretches from the Alberta border to the Manitoba border, and includes most communities on or south of Highway 1. 

The other four new cases are in the far north.

Of the 627 reported cases, 99, or 16 per cent, are considered active. Twelve more people have recovered, bringing the provincial total to 521.

Eighty-three per cent of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Sasaktchewan have recovered.

There are currently five people in hospital – two are receiving inpatient care (one in Saskatoon and one in Regina) and three are in intensive care (all in Saskatoon).

Of the 627 cases in the province, 140 cases are travellers, 349 are community contacts (including mass gatherings), 73 have no known exposures and 65 are under investigation by local public health.

Overall in Saskatchewan, 49 cases are health care workers, however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.

A total of 248 of the cases are from the far north, 165 are from the Saskatoon area, 110 are from the north, 76 from the Regina area and 12 from the central region.

Ninety-two cases involve people 19 years of age and under, while the remainder are adults.

There have been 223 cases in the 20-39 age range, 190 in the 40-59 age range, 104 in the 60-79 age range and 18 in the 80-plus range.

Fifty-one per cent of the cases are females and 49 per cent are males.

Seven deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported.

To date, 42,843 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.  As of May 20, 2020, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 32,979 people tested per million population, while the national rate was 36,637 people tested per million population.

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