Saskatchewan reports 8 new coronavirus cases, no new recoveries

In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. THE CANADIAN PRESS/CDC via AP, File. THE CANADIAN PRESS/CDC via AP, File

Saskatchewan reported eight new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 1,651 cases.

Of the new cases, three are in the Saskatoon area, two are in central-east Saskatchewan, one case is in the northwest, one in Regina and one in the southeast.

No new recoveries were reported Sunday. Total recoveries remain at 1,579. Active cases have risen slightly to 48.

Here is a breakdown of where Saskatchewan’s active cases are:

  • Saskatoon: 19
  • South-central: 7
  • Northwest: 5
  • Southwest: 5
  • Central-west: 3
  • Central-east: 3
  • North-central: 3
  • Far northwest: 1
  • Regina: 1
  • Southeast: 1

There is one person in hospital receiving intensive care in Saskatoon.

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Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 24 people.

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Coronavirus breakdown

Here is a breakdown of total Saskatchewan cases by age:

  • 276 people are 19 and under
  • 535 people are 20 to 39
  • 502 are 40 to 59
  • 280 people are 60 to 79
  • 58 people are 80 and over

Females make up 51 per cent of the cases, males 49 per cent.

Officials said 834 cases are linked to community contact or mass gatherings, 251 are travel-related, 488 have no known exposure and 78 are under investigation by public health.

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There have been 66 cases involving health-care workers.

Saskatchewan has completed 148,876 tests so far for the virus, up 2,081 from Saturday.

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.

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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