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Saskatchewan reports 8 new cases of coronavirus as testing hits a new high

FILE - A woman has her temperature checked prior to entering a store in Montreal on Aug. 1, 2020.
FILE - A woman has her temperature checked prior to entering a store in Montreal on Aug. 1, 2020. The Canadian Press file

Saskatchewan reported eight new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday afternoon, bringing the provincial total to 1,342.

Of the new COVID-19 cases, three are in the south, two are in Saskatoon, one in the north, one in central Saskatchewan and one in Regina.

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Another 16 people have recovered from the virus, bringing total recoveries up to 1,070.

On Sunday, total active cases dipped to 254 — 87 are in the south, 76 are in central Saskatchewan, 32 are in Saskatoon, 48 are in the north, five are in the far north and six are in Regina.

Hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19 hit a new monthly high in Saskatchewan on Sunday.

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There are 18 people in hospital, 11 of which are receiving inpatient care — five in Saskatoon, four in the south, one in the central region and one in Regina. Seven people are in intensive care — four in Saskatoon, two in Regina and one in the north.

The highest hospitalization rate was in May during the outbreak in the far north where there were 19 people hospitalized.

Eighteen people have died in Saskatchewan due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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Coronavirus breakdown

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Here is a breakdown of total Saskatchewan cases by age:

  • 212 people are 19 and under
  • 430 people are 20 to 39
  • 421 are 40 to 59
  • 230 people are 60 to 79
  • 49 people are 80 and over

Females make up 50 per cent of the cases, males 50 per cent.

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There have been 63 health-care workers with the virus, according to officials.

Officials said 685 cases are linked to community contact or mass gatherings, 204 are travel-related, 350 have no known exposure and 103 are under investigation by public health.

Saskatchewan has completed 102,421 tests so far for the virus, up 2,104 from Saturday. This is the highest daily number of tests performed to date.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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