302 new coronavirus cases in Saskatchewan: Shahab

Saskatchewan’s top doctor gave an update on new COVID-19 numbers coming out on Wednesday.

The province’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said there are 302 confirmed cases, up from 183 infections on Tuesday. There have now been around 10,900 total infections to date in Saskatchewan.

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“We always want to look at the averages. So our seven-day average still is around that 264 mark, 21.8 cases per 100,000 (people),” he said during a press conference on Wednesday morning.

“It’s still remaining high. It’s not going much higher quickly, which is what we feared but it’s also not coming down and staying between the 250 to 300 (cases a day) mark. Our test positive rate is also staying at that 8.5 per cent mark and trending up slightly.”

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He added that COVID-19 hospitalizations are still trending up.

“Because hospitalizations and ICU admissions lag two to three weeks behind cases, they are still trending up. So I think there’s some hope for optimism that we may be plateauing. But obviously, some concern that obviously hospitalizations and ICU admissions are trending up,” Shahab said.

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Six deaths were reported on Tuesday, bringing Saskatchewan’s total to 66 since the pandemic began.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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