On Sunday, Saskatchewan recorded its first two deaths in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two residents in separate locations died in hospital as a result of complications due to COVID-19.
One was related to travel, and both individuals were in their 70’s.
On Monday, March 30, 20 new cases of the virus were confirmed by the government, bringing the provincial total to 176.
The following are stats provided by the provincial government:
- Five people are in hospital across the province, including four in acute care and one in the intensive care unit (ICU):
- One inpatient case is located in the north, and three in Saskatoon.
- One ICU case is located in Regina.
- At least eight cases are a result of local transmission. The rest are travel-related or cluster-related due to exposure at mass gatherings.
- Five cases concern individuals 19 years of age and under; all other cases are adults.
- 80 cases are in the 20-44 age range; 62 are in the 45-64 range; and 29 are in the 65-plus range.
- 55 per cent of the cases are males and 45 per cent are females.
- Six more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the provincial total to 14.
- There may be more cases yet to be reported to Public Health.
To date, over 9,600 tests for COVID-19 have been performed in Saskatchewan, an increase of 565 from yesterday,
The Government of Saskatchewan is now taking steps to identify skill sets in all government ministries in an effort to bring in different staff to critical function areas.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority already has 150 people involved in tracing contact from those with the virus, and over the coming days, 50 additional staff from across the province will be moved into tracing as well.
COVID-19 testing is available in over 40 communities throughout the province. Testing locations will continue to be expanded.
The province went on to say that most cases within Saskatcheawn are related to travel or large gatherings, but eight are the result of community transmission.