REGINA — Saskatchewan is activating its emergency operations centre to lead its response to record levels of COVID-19.
Premier Scott Moe says the move will better co-ordinate the pandemic response between government ministries and staff, and provide administrative support so health-care workers can focus on treating patients.
He says the province's chief medical health officer will continue to be responsible for public health recommendations and orders.
On Wednesday, the province reported 356 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 76 in intensive care — the highest since the pandemic began.
Saskatchewan has the highest rate of new daily cases COVID-19 in the last week of any province in the country.
Moe says most COVID-19 patients in hospital are not vaccinated and people need to stop spreading conspiracy theories about vaccines.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2021.
The Canadian Press