Three more deaths linked to COVID-19, province records 299 new cases

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 28, 2020

The Saskatchewan government has declared new outbreaks in several hockey teams, including three in Regina. To date there are 85 active cases among offenders and staff at the centre.

According to the ministry, testing is continuing for inmates and staff at the facility.

"All new admissions to provincial correctional centres will be tested for COVID-19 starting early next week", the ministry said in its media release.

New admissions will continue to be quarantined for 14 days. Employees have been wearing masks since the summer.

The new cases reported Thursday were in the Saskatoon (125), Regina (44), north-central (34), northwest (17), far northeast (16), south-central (12), far northwest (11), southeast (eight), southwest (seven), central-east (six), central-west (four), far north-central (four) and northeast (three) zones.

There are 342 cases recovered, and eight people are now in hospital.

One case with pending residence information and one case assigned to Saskatoon were deemed to be out-of-province residents and removed from the total counts.

Of the total cases, 463 are travellers, 3,299 are community contacts (including mass gatherings), 1,496 have no known exposures and 2,104 are under investigation by local public health.

The seven-day average of new cases is 243, or 20.1 per 100,000 population.

So far, there have been 330,364 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan. The number of active cases being reported is now 3,146.

Hospitalizations remain persistently high at 108, including 18 in intensive care units.

The number of Saskatchewan health-care workers to have contracted the virus to date increased to 225, up nine from Wednesday's report.

The total number of cases comprises 2,170 from the Saskatoon area, 1,550 from the north, 1,212 from the Regina region, 978 from the south zone, 848 in the far north, and 576 from the central area. The hometowns of 28 cases are being determined.

There are 2,603 cases in the 20 to 39 age range, 1,962 in the 40 to 59 age range, 980 in the 60 to 79 age range, and 260 are in the 80-plus age range. Confirmation of age is pending for five cases.

Eighteen Saskatchewan residents tested out-of-province were added to the total counts in the following zones: North West (10), Far North West (two), North Central (one), Regina (one), Saskatoon (four).

A rapid antigen test (Abbot Panbio) pilot project is also being rolled out to participating long-term care (LTC), personal care homes (PCH) and congregate living settings. A list of care homes with outbreaks can be found here.

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