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Lowest number of active coronavirus cases in Saskatchewan over 3 weeks

Saskatchewan health authorities say there are five new coronavirus cases in the province, with 150 active cases and 1,314 total recoveries.
Saskatchewan health authorities say there are five new coronavirus cases in the province, with 150 active cases and 1,314 total recoveries. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

The Saskatchewan government gave an update on new coronavirus cases in the province on Wednesday.

Health officials said there were five new cases in the daily update, with the overall total for the province growing to 1,484 since the first case was reported in March.

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Most of the new cases are located in the Regina zone with four, while the other is in north-central.

Ten people are currently in hospital — five are receiving inpatient care and five are in intensive care.

Twenty more people have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 1,314.

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There are currently 150 active cases in the province, health officials said. Active cases are total cases minus recoveries and deaths.

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This is the lowest number of active cases since July 21, which had 142.

There have been 20 COVID-19-related deaths in Saskatchewan.

To date, over 115,000 tests have been carried out in the province.

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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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