November 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update: One Death, 197 New Cases, 106 in Hospital, 137 Recoveries

One resident in the 80+ age group who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.  The person was from the North West zone.

There are 197 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on November 28, 2020, bringing the provincial total to date to 7,888 cases.  The new cases are located in the Far North West (6), Far North East (4), North West (5), North Central (17), North East (5), Saskatoon (56), Central West (1), Central East (5), Regina (73), South West (16), South Central (5) and South East (2) zones and two (2) new cases have pending residence information.

Five cases with pending residence information have been assigned to the North Central (4) and North West (1) zones.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 234 (19.3 new cases per 100,000 population).

Of the 7,888 reported cases, 3,322 are considered active.  A total of 4,521 people have recovered.

One-hundred and six people are in hospital. Eighty-eight people are receiving inpatient care; one in the Far North West, nine in the North West, seven in North Central, one in North East, 30 in Saskatoon, one in Central East, 18 in Regina, one in South West, one in South Central and 19 in the South East zone.  Eighteen people are in intensive care: one in North Central, 11 in Saskatoon, one in South West and five in Regina.

Of the 7,888 cases in the province:

  • 466 cases are travelers;
  • 3,502 are community contacts (including mass gatherings);
  • 1,713 have no known exposures; and
  • 2,207 are under investigation by local public health. 

Overall in Saskatchewan to date:

  • 244 cases are healthcare workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to healthcare in all instances. 
  • 1,651 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, while the remainder are adults. 
  • 2,803 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 2,086 are in the 40-59 age range; 1,054 are in the 60-79 age range; and 289 are in the 80-plus range. Confirmation of age is pending for five cases. 
  • 50 per cent of the cases are females and 50 per cent are males. 
  • 45 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date. 

Of 7,888 confirmed cases: 

  • 2,384 cases are from the Saskatoon area
  • 1,631 cases are from the north area (571 north west, 775 north central, 285 north east)
  • 1,346 cases are from the Regina area
  • 1,032 cases are from the south area (388 south west, 389 south central, 255 south east)
  • 870 cases are from the far north area (581 far north west, 79 far north central, 210 far north east)
  • 599 cases are from the central area (269 central west, 330 central east)
  • 26 cases have pending residence information

To date, 337,410 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of November 26, 2020 when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 216,534 people tested per million population.  The national rate was 299,608 people tested per million population.

Yesterday, 3,359 COVID-19 tests were processed in Saskatchewan.

Public Health Measures

Community transmission can happen quickly and impact multiple settings.  

  • A recent outbreak on a teenage hockey team resulted in nine players and one coach testing positive.  Multiple teams are currently self-isolating as a result. 
  • A recent outbreak at a curling bonspiel resulted in positive cases on teams from several cities and towns across the province. 
  • Positive cases among attendees at a recent funeral has led to the potential exposure of more than 200 people. 
  • Recently, 17 nurses working in one hospital were required to self-isolate after being identified as close contacts to positive cases linked to sporting events and community transmission.

The extensive amount of investigation and contact tracing as a result of these events causes delayed notification of possible exposure resulting in further transmission.

With significant outbreaks continuing to occur among larger gatherings and sporting events, the public is urged to follow the public health orders in place and are reminded these orders are enforceable.

For more information on the current public health measures or to see the Public Health Order, visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

General COVID-19 Information

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