There were two more deaths from COVID-19 reported by the province on Monday. Both deaths were in the 80 and over age group and were located in the South Central and South East zones.
The number of deaths in the province is now 47.
The province also reported another 325 cases on Monday.
The current seven-day average is 263, or 21. 7 cases per 100,000 population.
The North Central, which includes Prince Albert, reported 27 new cases.
In other zones there were 125 in Saskatoon, 62 in Regina, 23 in the North West, 22 in the South West, 14 in the Far North East, 13 in the South East, 10 in the Central East, nine in the North East and Far North East, eight in the South Central and a single case in the South West. There are two cases with pending residence information.
Four cases with pending residence information were assigned with single cases being assigned to the North Central, Far North East, North West and Regina zones.
The Saskatoon zone leads the Active Case breakdown with 1,318 cases; the North Central zone is third with 399 active cases.
North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 173 active cases.
North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 194 active cases and North Central 3 has 32 active cases.
In second place is Regina with 693 active cases. Of the 8,564 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 3,879 are considered active.
The recovered number now sits at 4,638 after 49 more recoveries were reported.
The number of people in hospital is 111 in total in the province.
One hundred people are currently receiving inpatient care; eight in the North Central, 33 in Saskatoon, 26 in Regina, 18 in the South East, eight in the North West, three in the North East and one each in the South Central, South West and Far North West.
Twenty-three people, three in the North Central, 14 in Saskatoon and six in Regina, are in intensive care.
The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 8,564. Of those, 2,603 cases are from the Saskatoon area, 1,742 cases are from the north area (623 north west, 813 north central and 306 north east), 1,529 cases are from the Regina area, 1,122 cases are from the south area (429 south west, 407 south central and 286 south east), 913 cases are from the far north area (600 far north west, 80 far north central and 233 far north east) and 913 cases are from the far north area (600 far north west, 80 far north central, 233 far north east). There are now 28 cases that have pending residence location.
There are currently 256 cases that are health care workers; however, the source of the infections is not related to their work environments in all instances.
Of the 8,564 cases in the province: 471 cases are related to travel, 3,616 are community contacts, which includes mass gatherings, 1,825 have no known exposures and 2,652 are under investigation by local public health.
The age breakdown shows 1,774 cases involve people 19 years of age and under, 3,050 cases are in the 20-39-age range, 2,291 are in the 40-59-age range, 1,127 are in the 60-79-age range and 317are in the 80-plus-age range. Five cases have a pending age confirmation.
The gender breakdown shows 50 per cent of the cases being females and 50 per cent being males.
Yesterday,4,251 COVID-19 tests were processed in Saskatchewan.
As of today there have been 345,487 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.
Keep your number of contacts low
The province also reminded residents to keep contacts low. Based on the confirmed cases at present, public health estimates that there are more than 6,600 reported contacts requiring follow-up in the province right now.
“A ‘close contact’ is anyone that you have spent 15 minutes or more with, within the two metres of physical distancing. You should be able to count your close contacts on one hand. At this time, your close contacts should be the members of your immediate household who you dine with, hug, see without requiring a mask,” the release stated.
Although not close contacts, consider all your weekly contacts whether in the classroom or at your workplace. While you must abide by the public health guidelines in these spaces to reduce the risk of transmission, could you list your contacts for the past 14 days?
Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald