Saskatchewan hits another high with 439 new COVID-19 cases reported Nov. 21, higher than Manitoba

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Regina– Saskatchewan set another record for new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, Nov. 21, with 439 new cases reported.

The number of people in hospital has climbed to 91, from 85 the day before. New recoveries came in at 41. The 7-day average is now 203 new cases per day, a measurement the Ministry of Health said it would now be reporting.

On Nov. 8, that 7-day average was 97.6, meaning the average had doubled in 13 days, after having doubled from 45.7 in 16 days.

As of Nov. 21, 2,537 cases are considered active, 3,667 people have recovered and 33 deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported.

This is the first time in the last two months Saskatchewan has exceeded Manitoba for new cases in one day.

On the same day, Manitoba reported 385 new cases and 10 deaths. Manitoba’s 7-day average for new cases is now 407.4, which has remained relatively flat for the last nine days, between 390.0 and 407. 4 average cases per day.

North Dakota reported 1,526 new cases, and 16 more deaths. Its 7-day average is now 1,244.3, the lowest point it has been since Nov. 4. On Nov. 18, North Dakota’s 7-day average peaked at 1,415.7 cases per day.

Premier Scott Moe reacted in a Facebook post, saying, “Today’s record new case numbers are very concerning. Our seven-day average for new cases is now 203, which is the highest it has ever been.

“While it’s too soon for the new measures implemented last week to have made an impact, we are continuing to evaluate the situation closely and will consider further measures. Our government is working closely with Dr. (Saqib) Shahab and public health officials and will have more to say early next week.

“For now, let’s all do our part to keep ourselves and those around us safe. Reduce your number of contacts and your activity outside the home. If you do go out, wear a mask, which is now required in all indoor public places everywhere in Saskatchewan. Physically distance, wash your hands often, stay home when you can. We can keep ourselves and those around us safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by taking these steps,” he concluded.

Brian Zinchuk, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Estevan Mercury