Saskatchewan records its seventh death due to COVID-19

Saskatchewan has recorded its seventh death from the COVID-19 virus.  

The Ministry of Health announced Wednesday that an individual in their 60s from the north region has died.

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The province also has 21 new, confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 620. Sixteen of the cases are in the Far North (including nine in La Loche and six in Beauval), four are in the north and one is in the Saskatoon area.

Of the 620 reported cases, 120, or 19 per cent, are considered active. Twenty-four more people have recovered, bringing the provincial total to 494.

Eighty per cent of the people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan have recovered.

There are currently four people in hospital – one is receiving inpatient care in Saskatoon and three are in intensive care in Saskatoon.

The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the south region remains at 15. There have been 242 cases from the far north, 165 from the Saskatoon area, 110 from the north, 76 from the Regina area and 12 from the central region.

Of the 620 cases in the province, 139 cases are travellers, 339 are community contacts (including mass gatherings), 71 have no known exposures and 71 are under investigation by local public health.

Forty-nine cases are health care workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.

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

A total of 223 cases are in the 20-39 age range, 187 are in the 40-59 age range, 104 are in the 60-79 age range and 18 are in the 80-plus range.

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

To date, 41,951 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province. As of May 18, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 32,410 people tested per million population, while the national rate was 35,570 people tested per million population.

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