Not all Sask. COVID-19 deaths happening in hospitals, plus other takeaways from the latest SHA doctors meetup
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Guy Quenneville · CBC News · Posted: Oct 13, 2021 4:00 AM CT | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

Some of the people dying with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan are doing so outside of hospitals and other clinical settings, according to a doctor with the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

The SHA hosted its latest COVID-19 physician town hall last Thursday. The forum, which happens every two weeks, allows doctors to share information and advice among themselves but also contains a wealth of up-to-date information on Saskatchewan's COVID-19 epidemiology and, increasingly, the severe strain the health-care sector is in from a flood of mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. Presentations made during the town halls are then typically posted online the following day.

As of Tuesday, a total of 753 Saskatchewan residents with COVID-19 had died since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those deaths, 180 occurred since July 11, 2021, when the province dropped all of the public measures intended to curb the spread of the disease. Some of those measures have since been reinstated.

"In the last 14 days, we have ranked consistently as the highest rate of COVID deaths among the provinces in Canada," said Dr. Johnmark Opondo, an SHA medical health officer, during Thursday's town hall.

"We're looking at trying to unpack this a little bit more, and it is significant because not all these mortalities are happening in our facilities," Opondo said. "We are seeing significant mortality, not just in the hospital, in critical care, but in community as well. Definitely our hearts go out to the families who experienced this."...