A new daily record has been set in Saskatchewan with 82 new coronavirus cases, according to provincial health officials on Thursday.
According to the daily update, the overall total for the province has now grown to 2,990 since the first case was reported in March.
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Health officials said most of the new cases are located in the Saskatoon zone with 37, while there are 13 in Regina, 11 in north central, seven in central east, six in north west, three in north east, two each in south central and south east as well as one in south west.
There are currently 707 active cases in the province, the highest number to date. Active cases are total cases less recoveries and deaths.
In the province, 20 people are currently in hospital with COVID-19 — 14 are receiving inpatient care and six are in intensive care.
Forty-one more people have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 2,258.
There have been 25 COVID-19-related deaths in Saskatchewan.
According to a press release, 2,061 COVID-19 tests were performed on Wednesday in Saskatchewan. To date, 258,143 tests have been carried out in the province.
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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