Saskatchewan has 439 new cases of COVID-19; five are in Estevan’s zone

There are 439 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Saturday, bringing the provincial total to date to 6,237 cases.

Nineteen cases are in the southeast region, with five new cases in Southeast Zone 4, which includes Estevan. There are also 13 new cases in Zone 1, which is to the northwest of Zone 4, and one new case in Zone 2, to the north of Zone 4.

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There are 138 active cases in the southeast, including 104 in Zone 1. Sixteen active cases are located in Zone 4.

The southeast region has had 196 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed since mid-March.

According to the Ministry of Health, fluctuation in daily case numbers can be expected, as a result of factors including weather-related and logistical delays in lab specimens reaching the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory. The seven-day average of daily cases is 203 (16.7 new cases per 100,000 population), information which will be now be regularly reported.

Saturday’s case number reflects a new daily high of 4,580 tests processed Friday in the province.

As for the rest of the province, there are nine new cases in the far northwest, 13 in the far northeast, 56 in the northwest, 43 in the north central, 11 in the northeast, 170 in the Saskatoon area, eight in the central west, 13 in the central east, 56 in the Regina area, 14 in the southwest and 18 in the south central. The number of new cases represents a single-day record for the province. 

Nine new cases have pending residence information.

Of the 6,237 reported cases, 2,537, or 40.7 per cent, are considered active. 

Forty-one more people are considered recovered, bringing the provincial total to 3,667 recoveries, or 58.8 per cent of those diagnosed.

Ninety-three people are in hospital. Seventy-two people are receiving inpatient care; eight in the northwest, seven in the north central, one in the northeast, 32 in Saskatoon, one in central east, five in Regina, one in south central and 17 in the southeast zone. The locations for patients in hospital in the southeast has not been disclosed.

Twenty-one people are in intensive care: three in the north central, 11 in Saskatoon, one in central east, one in southwest and five in Regina.

There have been 838 cases from the south area (307 southwest, 335 south central and 196 southeast).

As for the rest of the province, 1,841 cases are from the Saskatoon area, 1,346 cases are from the north area (469 northwest, 623 north central, 254 northeast), 906 cases are from the Regina area, 747 cases are from the far north area (522 far northwest, 66 far north central, 159 far northeast), 530 cases are from the central area (236 central west, 294 central east) and 29 cases have pending residence information

Of the 6,237 cases in the province, 434 cases are travelers, 2,731 are community contacts (including mass gatherings), 1,283 have no known exposures and 1,789 are under investigation by local public health.

A total of 183 cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to healthcare in all instances.

There have been 1,333 cases involving people 19 years of age and under, 2,234 cases in the 20-39 age range, 1,671 in the 40-59 age range, 790 in the 60-79 age range; and 204 in the 80-plus range.

Confirmation of age is pending for five cases.

51 per cent of the cases are females and 49 per cent are males.

Thirty-three deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

To date, 314,670 COVID-19 tests have been processed Saskatchewan. As of Nov. 19, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 204,116 people tested per million population. The national rate was 285,899 people tested per million population.

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