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Record high new COVID-19 cases in 2021 for Saskatchewan

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WATCH: Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced Friday that a public health order will mandate anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for 10 days after receiving that positive test result. Those who are close contacts of someone who tested positive must also isolate, but only if unvaccinated. Those who are vaccinated and a close contact of someone who tests positive won't have to isolate, but are asked to monitor for symptoms – Sep 10, 2021

A record was set in Saskatchewan with its highest daily number of new COVID-19 infections in 2021 on Friday.

According to the provincial government’s dashboard, there were 432 new cases, bringing the overall infection total in Saskatchewan to 57,952. This is the highest number since Nov. 21, 2020, when 441 were reported.

The seven-day average of new daily infections grew to 366 from 364 on Thursday.

Read more: Saskatchewan enacting mandatory self-isolation order for positive COVID-19 cases

In the updated data, Delta variant cases increased to 2,885 from the previously reported 2,688. Of the 12,461 variants of concern (VOCs), 10,496 have lineages identified by whole-genome sequencing.

The province’s active infections have increased and now sit at 3,573. It is the highest number since Jan. 20, when it was 3,702. The Saskatoon zone leads the province with 993.

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Saskatchewan’s hospitals are currently providing care for 190 patients with COVID-19: 151 are receiving inpatient care and 39 are in intensive care units. This is the most hospitalizations since April 20, when there were 195.

Read more: More young people in Saskatchewan ‘sicker than ever’ as COVID-19 cases rise: medical professionals

The number of recoveries from the virus has grown by 273 to a total of 53,762.

According to the dashboard, 3,750 COVID-19 tests were performed on Thursday. To date, 1,055,858 tests have been carried out in the province.

A total of 1,495,955 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, provincial government officials said. The dashboard showed that 363 of Friday’s 432 new cases were people who were unvaccinated.

The province’s death toll for COVID-19-related deaths rose by one to 617. The recently deceased person who tested positive for the virus was in the 60-to-79 age group.

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Saskatchewan’s Moe says ‘non-critical’ and ‘elective’ surgeries to be postponed – Sep 10, 2021

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.

For full COVID-19 coverage, visit the Global News coronavirus web page.

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