Federal health minister says surging COVID cases in Saskatchewan are heartbreaking

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REGINA — Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says the surge of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan is concerning and heartbreaking.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Hajdu says Ottawa stands ready to help the province with any resources it may need, including staff to assist with record hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients.

The province is reporting 289 people with COVID-19 in hospital — a record high since the pandemic began.

Hajdu had a phone call last week with provincial Health Minister Paul Merriman and offered federal support.

But she says Saskatchewan has not formally requested assistance.

Merriman has said Saskatchewan isn't in need of help and is expanding its surge capacity of hospital beds.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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