The province is hoping to hire and train more lab staff to meet heightened demand and reach the goal of processing 4,000 tests a day.
According to a news release, the Saskatchewan Health Authority hopes to hire 76 people. Twenty-seven positions have been filled so far.
Last week, CBC reported that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) West, which represents Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) employees, recently wrote an open letter to Premier Scott Moe and other ministries. The union stated that its members are struggling to keep up with testing initiatives and demands.
In a survey, SEIU-West found that 42 per cent of its SHA members found their lab to be short-staffed at least once per week. Sixty-seven per cent said they worked overtime hours at least once a week.
When asked Tuesday about the possibility of relaxing more COVID restrictions in time for something like hockey season, Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said a hockey season is a possibility.
"[Our current restrictions are] working well so those same principles can be applied to hockey," Shahab said.
Premier Scott Moe also commented, saying that it is not an active discussion in his day-to-day, but if a group brought a proposal to him, he would listen.
The province saw this earlier this year with things like churches and other religious services.
There are 10 new known cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan Tuesday: one in the far northeast zone, one in the central west zone, two in the Regina area and six in the Saskatoon area.
Two of the new Saskatoon cases are related to an outbreak at Brandt Industries. So far, 19 cases have been linked to that outbreak. The province said these latest cases are from close contacts of employees, not other employees.
The province now has 146 known active cases. Twenty-four of those are linked to communal living settings.
Nine people have recovered since Monday and nine people are in hospital.
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