299 new cases of COVID-19 in Sask, 3 more deaths; outbreak at Saskatoon Correctional Centre

Three more Saskatchewan residents have died as a result of COVID-19. One person was in the 70-79 age range from Saskatoon, and two were in the 80+ age range from the North West.

In addition to the three deaths, 299 new cases of COVID-19 are being reported, bringing the provincial total to 7,362.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (11), Far North Central (4), Far North East (16), North West (17), North Central (34), North East (3), Saskatoon (125), Central West (4), Central East (6), Regina (44), South West (7), South Central (12) and South East (8) zones and eight (8) new cases have pending residence information.

Of the cases announced Thursday, 72 are from the Saskatoon Correctional Centre- 68 of these are offenders, and four are staff. To date, there are 85 total active cases among offenders and staff at the Correctional Centre.

Corrections officials are working with public health on measures to reduce the spread within the facility and the correctional system, which will include ongoing testing of offenders and staff at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre.

Additionally, all new admissions to provincial corrections centres will be tested for COVID-19 starting next week and will continue to be quarantined for 14 days.

Corrections is also instituting mandatory continuous masking for offenders across all facilities. Employees have been continuously masking since the summer.

As of Thursday, there will be no new admissions to the Saskatoon Correctional Centre. Remanded and sentenced offenders are being redirected to Regina and Prince Albert.

Ten cases with pending residence information have been assigned to the following zones: Regina (3), North West (3), and North Central (4). Eighteen Saskatchewan residents tested out-of-province were added to the total counts in the following zones: North West (10), Far North West (2), North Central (1), Regina (1), Saskatoon (4).

One case with pending residence information and one case assigned to Saskatoon were deemed to be out-of-province residents and removed from the total counts.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 243 (20.1 new cases per 100,000 population).

Of the 7,362 reported cases, 3,146 are considered active. A total of 4,176 people have recovered.

108 people are in hospital, 90 of which are receiving inpatient care, and 18 people are in intensive care.

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