Coronavirus cases linked to private Saskatoon gathering at 17: provincial government

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

Health officials said there were 10 new cases in the daily update, with the overall total for the province growing to 1,741 since the first case was reported in March.

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According to a press release, most of the new cases are located in the Saskatoon zone with eight while the rest are in central east.

Government officials said, to date, there have been 17 cases linked to a social gathering in Saskatoon, which was initially reported this past weekend. They added it’s likely other cases will be identified before this chain of transmission is resolved.

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All current hospitalizations in the province are in Saskatoon, where four patients are receiving inpatient care.

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Twelve more people in Saskatchewan have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 1,616.

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There are currently 101 active cases in the province, health officials said. Active cases are total cases less recoveries and deaths.

Government officials said investigations completed thus far have found that 33 of the current active cases are from “communal living settings.”

There have been 24 COVID-19-related deaths in Saskatchewan.

According to a press release, 1,658 COVID-19 tests were performed on Monday in Saskatchewan. To date, over 161,930 tests have been carried out in the province.

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

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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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