FIVE NEW CASES, FOUR MORE RECOVERIES, FIVE IN HOSPITAL

There are five new cases of COVID-19 to report on July 9, bringing the total to 813 cases.  Two of the new cases are in the South, one new case is in the Saskatoon region, one is in the Far North and one is in the Central region.

Of the 813 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 48 are considered active.  A total of 750 people have recovered.

Five people are in hospital.  Two individuals are receiving inpatient care in the North and two in Saskatoon.  One person is in intensive care in Saskatoon.

Of the 813 cases in the province:

  • 168 cases are travellers;
  • 484 are community contacts (including mass gatherings);
  • 114 have no known exposures; and
  • 47 are under investigation by local public health.

Overall in Saskatchewan:

  • 55 cases are health care workers; however, the source of the infections may not be related to health care in all instances.
  • 339 of the cases are from the Far North, 192 are from the Saskatoon area, 120 from the North, 80 from the Regina area, 68 from the South and 14 from the Central region.
  • 118 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, while the remainder are adults.
  • 284 cases are in the 20-39 age range; 254 are in the 40-59 age range; 136 are in the 60-79 age range; and 21 are in the 80-plus range.
  • 51 per cent of the cases are females and 49 per cent are males.
  • 15 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

To date, 71,757 COVID‐19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan.  As of July 7, 2020, when other provincial and national numbers were available from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 52,912 people tested per million population.  The national rate was 81,282 people tested per million population.

Saskatchewan Health Authority Advisory – Prince Albert Area

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is alerting individuals travelling to and from, and living in, Prince Albert and area of an increase in COVID-19 illnesses in the community.  As a result, visitation will be restricted at Victoria Hospital and long-term care homes, including Herb Bassett Home, Pineview Terrace and Mont St. Joseph Home.

Re-Open Saskatchewan: Guidelines For Temporary Food Vendors; Racing And Rodeos; Banquet And Conference Facilities; And Car Shows And Trade Shows

With Phase 4 of Re-Open Saskatchewan well underway, work is taking place to open additional businesses, events and activities as part of the plan to re-open the provincial economy.

This week’s update to the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan includes guidance for activities that continue to re-open in the second part of Phase 4, including:

  • Temporary Food Vendor Guidelines;
  • Racing and Rodeo Guidelines;
  • Banquet and Conference Facilities Guidelines; and
  • Car Show and Trade Show Guidelines.

Guidelines are also under development for door-to-door solicitation, garage sales and the donation of used items.  A timeline for these guidelines to be implemented is to be determined.

Other updates include:

Seating Areas

Seating areas are now permitted at drive-in theatres, as well as public and farmers markets.  Physical distancing is required between tables and only members of the same group should be seated together.

Safe Summer Camping at Provincial Parks

  • Visitors to Saskatchewan parks are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, maintain physical distance from others, respect the restrictions and rules that are in place, and stay home if they are not feeling well.
  • A variety of safety protocols are now in place at the outdoor pools in provincial parks, including a significant reduction in the capacity of the pools.
  • Campers that have booked their campsites and already purchased an Annual Park Entry Permit should proceed directly to their sites.  They will be automatically checked-in.
  • Washroom access is limited to one household at a time, but campers are encouraged to use the facilities in their trailers or recreational vehicles. 
  • Individuals from different extended household groups must maintain a physical distance of two metres outdoors, indoors, on the beach and in the water.  Towels and beach gear should be set up with four metres between groups to allow physical distancing to be maintained for those entering or exiting the area.
  • Towels, beach toys, food and other items should not be shared between members of different groups.
  • If the beach area is full, please use adjacent grass areas, where available, to ensure group and individual physical distancing is maintained.

Live Performances

Effective July 16, live performances will be permitted in restaurants and licensed establishments, as well as at public and farmers markets.  Physical distancing will be required, with greater distances needed depending on the activity and instruments involved.  Dance floors and karaoke are not permitted at this time.

Additional information will continue to be added to the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan based on direction from public health officials and input from businesses and service providers.

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the guidelines and follow their recommendations to ensure the province can continue to re-open in a safe manner without a significant increase in the transmission of COVID-19.