Saskatchewan records third death related to COVID-19, state of emergency extended two weeks

Premier Scott Moe announced on April 1 alongside chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan has recorded its third death resulting from COVID-19.

Moe also announced the province will be extending the state of emergency for two more weeks.

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“These measures, I would say, are working,” said Moe.

“They are working because each and every one of you are doing your part. Thank you for so quickly adapting to what is nothing short of a strange new way of living,” he added.

The Saskatchewan resident who died due to COVID-19 was in the 80-89 age range, which means all three deaths in the province are people 70 and above age range.

Moe said continuing to practice what has been implemented thus far will continue to flatten the curve in the province.

“This will mean fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths,” said Moe.

“I promise you, collectively we are saving lives,” he added.

As of April 1, Saskatchewan has confirmed nine new cases bringing the provincial total up to 193.

Currently, there are four people in the hospital in Saskatchewan due to COVID-19. Three people are receiving inpatient care in Saskatoon, while one person is in the ICU in Regina.

Of the 193 cases, 87 are travelers, 41 are community contacts and eight have no known exposures. Fifty-seven are under investigation by local public health.

Shahab said he expects more cases will be linked to community transmission without a known source of exposure.

“I think that is really important for us to remember now it is not just due to travel,” said Shahab.

“We really need to accept that we have COVID-19 now as a risk in Saskatchewan. We need to redouble our efforts to protect ourselves and protect those who are more vulnerable, and really keep the curve as flat as possible,” he added.

Twenty-four cases can be traced back to a Christopher Lake snowmobile rally dinner on March 14. Ninety-four of the cases are from the Saskatoon area, 43 are from Regina, 37 from north Saskatchewan, nine from central Saskatchewan, seven from the south and three from the far north.

To date, 10,528 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province. According to the province, Saskatchewan has the second highest rate of testing per capita among the provinces.

Nine more people have recovered from COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, bringing the provincial total to 30.

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