Scott Moe was not on the campaign trail Monday, but the Saskatchewan Party leader, who is hoping to continue in his role as Premier on October 26th, is speaking out on the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the province.
On Monday, the province announced 48 new cases of the virus. That is not only the highest daily total the province has recorded since late July, but it also means we have seen over 100 cases during the long weekend as there were 24 cases on Sunday with another 34 announced Saturday.
In recent days, we have seen our case numbers rise in Saskatchewan. This is partly due to a small number of people not following the public health guidelines.
Everyone needs to continue following the public health guidelines. pic.twitter.com/cpzN3AwfBo
– Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) October 12, 2020
In a release issued Monday afternoon shortly after the government’s daily update, Moe is making the following statement.
“We have seen our case numbers rise on a number of occasions over the past few months and every time, Saskatchewan people have been able to bring those numbers back down again through our collective efforts,” Moe said. “So let’s be especially vigilant in the days ahead. Keep physically distancing, wear a mask when distancing may not be possible, wash your hands often, stay home if you are feeling unwell at all, avoid any unnecessary out of province travel and try to limit your number of close contacts as much as possible.”
Moe feels the overwhelming majority of Saskatchewan people are taking the necessary steps to protect themselves and others, but it only takes a few individuals stepping outside of the public guidelines to result in dozens of new cases. There have now been several new cases linked to a recent Gospel Outreach outbreak in Prince Albert.
“Everyone needs to follow the public health guidelines put in place by Dr. Shahab and his team. Keep public gatherings under 30 people and even less than that if you don’t have room to physically distance. Self-isolate when required to do so. If you don’t, the virus can spread quickly.” Moe said. “Together, we have reduced the spread of COVID-19 before and I know we can do so again. So keep following all the good practices and guidelines. It’s how you will keep yourself and others safe.”
Moe and several other members of his campaign team are self-monitoring after a Prince Albert business where they made a campaign announcement on October 3rd was named by the Saskatchewan Health Authority as a place where possible exposure occurred.
He is scheduled to be in Regina Wednesday for a leaders debate with Ryan Meili.