Two of the seven new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan are located in southeast Saskatchewan.
According to information provided by the Ministry of Health, one of the new cases is in Southeast Zone 4, which covers the southeast corner of the province and includes Estevan. The exact location of the case was not revealed.
Zone 4 has a population of more than 31,000 people. It runs from Torquay to the Manitoba border along Highway 18, Stoughton to the Manitoba border along Highway 13, and runs north-south from the Canada-U.S. border to Highway 13.The two cases of COVID-19 in the southeast are the first to be reported in this region since Sept. 6. Also, the case in Zone 4 is the first since the province started releasing more detailed mapping on Aug. 4.
The other new case in the southeast is in Zone 1, which is the northwest area of the zone.
Fifteen cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the southeast region since March 10. Four of the cases are considered active.
As for the rest of Thursday’s data, four new cases are in Saskatoon and one is in the southwest.
None of the new cases in the Saskatoon area are linked to the social gathering initially reported Sept. 13. To date, there have been 21 cases linked to the gathering. Contact tracing efforts are underway, and it is likely that other cases will be identified before this chain of transmission is resolved.
There have been 1,757 reported cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. Of the 1,757 reported cases, 109, or 6.2 per cent, are considered active.
One case with pending residence information reported on Sept. 16 was removed, as it was deemed to be a non-SK resident,
Four more people have recovered, bringing the provincial total to 1,624 recoveries, or 92.4 per cent of those diagnosed.
Five people are in hospital receiving inpatient care in Saskatoon.
Investigations completed thus far have found that 29 of the 109 current active cases are from communal living settings.
There have been 434 cases from the south area (222 southwest, 197 south central, 15 southeast).
As for the rest of the province, 357 cases are from the far north area (349 far northwest, eight far northeast); 326 cases are from the Saskatoon area; 271 cases are from the north area (131 northwest, 73 north central, 67 northeast); 229 cases are from the central area (168 central west, 61 central east) and 140 cases are from the Regina area.
Of the 1,757 cases in the province to date, 263 cases are travellers, 875 are community contacts (including mass gatherings), 520 have no known exposures, and 99 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 294 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, 574 cases are in the 20-39 age range, 538 are in the 40-59 age range, 293 are in the 60-79 age range and 58 are in the 80-plus range.
Fifty-one per cent of the cases are females and 49 per cent are males.
Twenty-four deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.
To date, 164,666 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan. As of Sept. 15, when other provincial and national numbers are available from Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 116,815 people tested per million population. The national rate was 169,055 people tested per million population.
There were 1,515 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan on Wednesday.