July 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Five New Cases, 12 in Hospital, One More Recovery

There are five new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on July 19, bringing the total to 943 cases.  The new cases are located in the Central (4) and Saskatoon (1) regions.

Three more cases reported on July 11 as positive have been updated to a negative result and have been removed from the total cases, bringing the total to four cases removed.

Of the 943 reported cases, 129 are considered active.  A total of 799 people have recovered.

Twelve people are in hospital.  Nine people are receiving inpatient care; five in Saskatoon, three in the South and one in the North.  Three people are in intensive care; two in Saskatoon and one in the South.

Of the 943 cases in the province:

  • 183 cases are travellers;
  • 516 are community contacts (including mass gatherings);
  • 165 have no known exposures; and
  • 79 are under investigation by local public health.

Overall in Saskatchewan:

  • 58 cases are health care workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.
  • 340 of the cases are from the Far North, 206 are from the Saskatoon area, 123 from the North, 115 from the South, 87 from the Regina area and 72 from the Central region.
  • 131 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, while the remainder are adults.
  • 325 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 297 are in the 40-59 age range; 162 are in the 60-79 age range; and 28 are in the 80-plus range.
  • 52 per cent of the cases are females and 48 per cent are males.
  • 15 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

To date, 81,624 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.  As of July 17, 2020, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 59,544 people tested per million population.  The national rate was 92,628 people tested per million population.

There have been 2634 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan over the past two days: 1339 on Saturday; and 1295 on Sunday.  This represents the two highest daily testing totals to date.

COVID-19 Awareness

Since mid-June, there has been an increase in cases in the southwest and west-central parts of Saskatchewan, both on colonies and in the broader community.  Public health investigation is ongoing to determine transmission chains and to identify contacts.  While most of the recent new cases have been in southwest and west-central Saskatchewan, the risk of COVID-19 transmission continues to exist in every part of the province.  This is why everyone must continue to take precautions and follow public health measures.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is now available to anyone who requests it, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.  A referral for testing can be made by contacting HealthLine 811.

General public inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

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