Amid provincial COVID-19 modeling stoking fears, and calls for increased restrictions, Scot Moe has issued a statement pushing back- asserting that the province has no plans to issue further restrictions.
The Premier rallied around the Saskatchewan Party usage of real time data from across Canada to make government decisions – as opposed to reliance on modeling.
“While modelling is one source of information our government considers, we are placing greater emphasis on closely tracking actual real-time data from across Canada to inform our COVID-19 response. Saskatchewan’s current rates of COVID-19 related hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths are currently well below the national average and well below other provinces that have introduced severe restrictions”
Moe acknowledges that hospitalizations are rising provincially – but refutes evidence that lockdowns and restrictions have any effect on hospitalizations, ICU admittance or deaths from COVID-19.
“The government recognizes that hospitalizations are rising and will continue to rise for some period of time. However, we see no clear evidence that lockdown measures have reduced hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths ”
The premier calls additional restrictions “harmful” and states that the government sees no reason to implement anything further at this time.
Saskatchewan’s hospitalization and ICU numbers are currently at a 3-month high.