Saskatchewan warned to brace for more COVID-19 deaths, cases

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The first two deaths related to complications from COVID-19 have been reported in Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority will be redeploying staff to help identify contact cases of the virus. The two deaths happened in separate parts of the province.

"(Monday's) sad news is a sobering reminder for us all that COVID-19 is a unsafe and a deadly disease", Moe said. The province is allocating as many resources as possible to tackle COVID-19. "We have to keep making efforts to to reduce the spread and we need to continue to adhere to the measures that are in place".

Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said the province is in a time where cases are regularly linked to community transmission.

Five individuals are now in hospital due to COVID-19 symptoms and complications, with one case in the north, three in Saskatoon, and one in Regina.

Premier Scott Moe said the thoughts of Saskatchewan people are with the families of those who lost their lives.

Eighty cases are people aged 20 to 44, 62 are from 45 to 64 years old.

One inpatient case is located in the north, and two in Saskatoon. The provincial case count increasing by more than 50 per cent over the weekend shows community transmission is becoming more widespread, Meili said.

Of the 156 cases, 72 were in the Saskatoon area, 34 in the Regina area, 33 in the northern region, 10 from the central area, four from the south and three from the far north. One case was related to travel; both people were in their 70s. 55 per cent of cases are males and 45 per cent females.

Six more people have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total to 14 to date.

9,651 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Saskatchewan, an increase of 565 from yesterday.

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