The province is reporting 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday with 20 new recoveries. It means the active case count is now at 139.
Six of the 16 new cases are in Saskatoon with three in the East-central zone, two in Regina and the south-east zone and one each in the north-central and Far northwest regions. Another case has pending residence locati0n, This brings the total number of people in Saskatchewan to have the virus at 1,984.
Two people are in hospital. One is receiving inpatient care in Saskatoon with the other in intensive care in Regina.
1,597 tests were performed on Monday bringing the provincial total to 203,733.
While releasing the numbers, the government is also saying with a return to indoor spaces as fall weather approaches that it is necessary to examine your extended household and potentially reduce the number of regular contacts.
In a release, chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab states now is the time to rest your household and reduce the risk of those who matter most to you. The Ministry of Health says:
- Your extended household is the people you can hug and touch, or those who can become part of your daily and weekly routines. This be should be 15 people or less. Ideally it is only members of your direct household.
- Assess your extended household. Does it include children in school settings, school staff, essential employees, or vulnerable populations like seniors or those with underlying health conditions? Consider that all of your contacts are now their contacts, too.
- In the event that you are required to provide your activities and contacts as part of a public health contact investigation, can you name all those individuals you have come into close contact with over the last two weeks? If you cannot, adjust your routines and close contacts.
- Stay home from all activities and workplaces even if you are experiencing mild symptoms.
Shahab says we are all now a part of other cohorts whether it be at work, at school or at extracurricular activities so keeping our close contact list short is a vital step in reducing the risk of transmission.