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Public Health Order Amended to Maximum of 15 for Private Gatherings

by Jocelyn Ottenbreit

Saskatchewan has reported a double-digit increase in new coronavirus cases for the eighth day in a row with 34 new cases as of Tuesday, October 13. Most of the new cases are located in the Regina zone with 11, while there are nine in north central, eight in Saskatoon and four in central west according to a press release. The locations of two cases are pending according to officials.

Due to the continued increase of cases daily throughout the province, the public health order is amending the number of people gathering in homes from 30 back to 15 under the direction of Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab.

The maximum amount of people allowed at private gatherings in a home will be 15 as of Friday October 16. Public venue events will now be limited to 30 people with physical distance measurements in place. Events at public venues will now be limited to 30 people. However, Shahab said there must be enough space for those people to maintain physical distance.

Although these numbers are increasing, we are still lower than we were back in July. Back on July 22, the highest new cases in one day were “60”, with the second highest being “50” on July 29. The number of active cases to date is 238 in the province according to health officials, compared to 322 on July 29. The overall total number of positive cases for the province grew to 2,174 since March when the first case was reported. We had another 11 recoveries making the total number of recoveries 1,911 as of October 13.

Currently there are nine hospitalized patients, with seven being in Acute (Inpatient) care and two in ICU (one in Saskatoon and one in Regina). There have been 25 COVID-19 related deaths in Saskatchewan.

October 11 showed the highest number of tests performed at 3,267 according to a press release. There have been 218,950 COVID-19 tests performed to date. Some have received more than one test.

Saskatchewan residents are being asked to be more vigilant about monitoring their health and if they experience a slight cough, headache, aches and pains, they are being urged to stay home

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