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    'We are losing the battle': As COVID-19 numbers surge, over 300 Sask. doctors sign letter calling for more action
    CTV News Saskatoon
    Published Wednesday, November 11, 2020 8:54AM CST Last Updated Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:24PM CST

    SASKATOON -- In a letter addressed to Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and the province's top medical official Dr. Saqib Shahab, more than 300 doctors are calling for "leadership" in the face of rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.

    "Saskatoon ICUs are at 130 per cent capacity and are diverting patients. It is becoming increasingly clear to us, physicians from across Saskatchewan, that we are losing the battle against this virus," the letter says.

    "If more is not done to change our course we are confident that winter will bring overflowing hospitals, cancelled surgeries, overwhelmed healthcare providers, and needless deaths."...

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    New restrictions under consideration as Sask. reports 111 more COVID-19 cases
    Michaela Solomon Senior Digital Content Producer
    Published Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:38AM CST Last Updated Thursday, November 12, 2020 2:30PM CST

    REGINA -- Saskatchewan reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the province to 1,459 active cases.

    In a news release the province said it is currently considering "additional public health measures" which Dr. Saqib Shahab will announce on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

    There are currently 49 people in hospital in Saskatchewan. There are 36 people receiving inpatient care. Thirteen people are in the ICU including one in the northwest, two in the north central zone, seven in Saskatoon, two in the central east and one in Regina...


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      COVID-19 in Sask: 181 new cases, 1,928 active
      Published Monday, November 16, 2020 9:13AM CST Last Updated Monday, November 16, 2020 1:59PM CST

      REGINA -- The Saskatchewan government has announced 181 new cases of COVID-19 and 60 new recoveries.

      In a news release on Monday, the province said 68 people are in hospital. There are 52 people in inpatient care and 16 people in intensive care.

      There are 41 new cases in the Saskatoon area, 32 in the Regina area and 18 in the north central area, which includes Prince Albert...


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        Saskatchewan brings in province-wide mask mandate, limits gatherings to 5
        By Roberta Bell Global News
        Posted November 17, 2020 3:39 pm
        Updated November 17, 2020 5:11 pm

        With coronavirus cases continuing to surge, Saskatchewan is expanding its mask mandate to cover the entire province and further restricting social gatherings, setting a new lower cap of five people.

        The province announced the new measures in a press release Tuesday, as officials reported 240 new infections — the second highest single-day total to date.

        The new measures come into effect Thursday and will be in place until at least Dec. 17, when they are subject to review by the province’s chief medical health officer...


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          Saskatchewan reports 32nd death as active coronavirus cases, hospitalizations climb
          By Thomas Piller Global News
          Posted November 18, 2020 2:42 pm
          Updated November 18, 2020 2:59 pm

          Saskatchewan reported its 32nd coronavirus-related death as it gave an update on new cases on Wednesday.

          The deceased who tested positive for COVID-19 was in their 60s and was from the north east zone, according to a press release.

          Health officials said there were 132 new cases in the daily update, with the overall total for the province growing to 5,553 since the first case was reported in March. One infection was deemed out-of-province and removed from Saskatchewan’s total cases.

          According to a press release, most of the new cases are located in the Saskatoon zone with 56, while there are 18 in Regina, 10 in north central, eight each in far north central and south east, six each in far north east and north west, four each in north east and south central, two in south west and the rest in far north west and central west. Residence information is still pending for eight new infections.

          In the province, 76 people are currently in hospital with COVID-19 — 59 are receiving inpatient care and 17 are in intensive care. This is the highest amount of hospitalizations to date...


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            ‘Drastic increase’ in COVID-19 cases likely for Saskatoon: researchers
            By David Giles Global News
            Posted November 19, 2020 12:59 pm

            A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team says an imminent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Saskatoon is likely in the next seven days.

            Markus Brinkmann, a USask toxicologist, is expecting an average of 100 to 150 new cases daily in Saskatoon.

            “Numbers of copies of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in the wastewater have been climbing,” Brinkmann said.

            “We expect another drastic increase this week and potentially ranging into next week...



            COVID-19 in Sask: 98 new cases announced Thursday
            Thursday marks 1st day of expanded mask mandate, lower private gathering sizes, other regulations
            Nicholas Frew CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2020 2:16 PM CT | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

            Saskatchewan public health officials announced 98 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, pushing the total of known active cases in the province to 2,066.

            Recent weather may have impacted the number of new cases found.

            "Weather and logistical impediments resulted in a volume of specimens reaching the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory after the reporting period for November 19," the province said in a news release.

            Twenty-five of the new cases were from the Regina area, 14 are from the south central region, 12 cases each were from the north central and north west regions, while 10 of the cases were from the Saskatoon region.

            The north east, south east and central east regions each have five new cases. The far north east has three new cases, the far north west has two and one new case was announced in the central west zone.

            Four of the new cases have pending location information...


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              Sask. sets new record with 439 COVID-19 cases reported Saturday
              Brendan Ellis
     Digital Content Producer
              Published Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:46PM CST Last Updated Saturday, November 21, 2020 2:09PM CST

              REGINA -- The Government of Saskatchewan reported 439 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, setting a new single-day increase record.

              The previous daily high of 308 was set one week ago, on Nov. 14.

              The province said over the past week, Saskatchewan has averaged 203 new cases daily, or 16.7 new cases per 100,000 population...