COVID-19 'stigma' impeding Saskatchewan testing, health official says

COVID-19 'stigma' impeding Saskatchewan testing, health official says

COVID-19 'stigma' impeding Saskatchewan testing, health official says

Indigenous Services Canada said in a news release Wednesday night that the money will go to the North West Saskatchewan Pandemic Response Plan, which includes First Nation, Metis, municipal, provincial and federal officials.

The province's chief medical health officer has also banned gatherings of more than 10 people.

All of the new cases are in the far north (three in the Beauval area and two in La Loche).

Of the total number of cases, 206 have been in the far north, 163 have been in Saskatoon, 106 have been in the north (including one that was added to that region's total after initially being assigned to Regina), 75 have been in Regina, 15 have been in the south and 12 have been in the central region.

Saskatchewan has reported almost twice as many cases of COVID-19 as Manitoba has, with dramatic differences in the number of cases reported in the north. Saskatchewan has reported 577 total cases of COVID-19 compared to Manitoba's 290.

Currently, there are 10 patients in hospital, with seven receiving inpatient care (four in the North and three in Saskatoon) and three in intensive care in Saskatoon. The central region has one active case.

"We are all having to adapt to a "new normal" of carrying on with our lives, but doing so in a way that reduces the spread of COVID-19", Premier Scott Moe said.

Moe explained that with more people out and about it's important that everyone keeps up the physical distancing measures that have been working so far.

"We are in a very crucial moment", he said.

Of the cases in Saskatchewan, 139 are related to travel, 297 are community contacts, 65 have no known exposure and 76 are under investigation.

There have been 204 cases in the 20-to-39 age range, 179 between the ages of 40 and 59, 98 in the 60-to-79 range, 79 aged 19 and under, and 17 aged 80 and over.

Fifty per cent of the cases are females and 50 per cent are males. Sixty-five per cent of Saskatchewan residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have now recovered.

To date, 38,157 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

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