September 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update: 15 New Cases, Seven in Hospital, Five Recoveries

There are 15 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on September 27, bringing the total to 1,878 reported cases.  The new cases are located in the North Central (1), Saskatoon (1), Central East (8), and Regina (4) zones.

One case’s location is pending.

Of the 1,863 reported cases, 144 are considered active.  A total of 1,710 people have recovered.

Seven people are in hospital.  Seven people are receiving inpatient care; six of those are in Saskatoon, one is in Regina.

Of the 1,878 cases in the province to date:

  • 279 cases are travellers;
  • 932 are community contacts (including mass gatherings);
  • 535 have no known exposures; and
  • 132 are under investigation by local public health.

Overall in Saskatchewan to date:

  • 69 cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to healthcare in all instances.
  • 322 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, while the remainder are adults.
  • 610 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 580 are in the 40-59 age range; 304 are in the 60-79 age range; and 62 are in the 80-plus range.
  • 51 per cent of the cases are females and 49 per cent are males.
  • 24 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.
  • There are:

o             441 cases are from the south area (222 south west, 200 south central, 19 south east)

o             382 cases are from the Saskatoon area

o             358 cases are from the far north area (349 far north west, 0 far north central, 9 far north east)

o             276 cases are from the north area (132 north west, 77 north central, 67 north east)

o             248 cases are from the central area (175 central west, 73 central east)

o             172 cases are from the Regina area

o             One case is location pending.

To date, 185,832 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.  As of September 25, 2020 when other provincial and national numbers are available from Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 130,260 people tested per million population.  The national rate was 187,539 people tested per million population.

Yesterday, 2,616 COVID-19 tests were performed in Saskatchewan.

Cases Identified in Yorkton

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is working with a Yorkton business and the Good Spirit School Division to investigate a cluster of students who have tested positive in the Yorkton Regional High School.  While investigations are ongoing, at this time there is no indication that transmission happened within the school setting.

The school division will be communicating to parents later today.

More information for parents and schools can be found in the Safe Schools Plan Parent Information Packages at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/august/27/safe-schools-plan-parent-packages.  

If an outbreak is declared, all parents of that school will receive notification and the declaration will be posted to www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-Latest-Updates.  

If two or more people test positive for COVID-19, and are all linked to a specific school setting within a specified time period, an outbreak is declared for that school.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is available to anyone who requests it.  A referral for testing can be made by contacting HealthLine 811, your physician or nurse practitioner. If you require urgent care, call 911.

Priority testing is available for those who are symptomatic, health care workers and first responders, teachers and school staff.

If you are asymptomatic and planning to travel but require a test, please allow a minimum of seven days from the date of your test through to notification of results.  You can also view your results directly on MySaskHealthRecord.  Drive-through testing sites that do not require a referral are operating in Regina and Saskatoon.  This is in addition to the testing and assessment centres currently open.

Regina - International Trade Centre at Evraz Place - Hall C, 1700 Elphinstone Street

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturdays – 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saskatoon - 3630 Thatcher Avenue

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 12 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays - 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A valid Saskatchewan Health Card will be required for each person getting tested.  A Canadian Armed Forces number or Interim Federal Health identification will also be accepted.  Individuals from out of province will require a valid provincial health card from their province of residence.

You will be required to wear a mask during the registration process.

The drive-thru sites will be first come, first served so there may be some wait times.  You must wait in your vehicle.  There are no public washrooms available at these sites.

General COVID-19 Information

General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.  

Find the most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.