Over 170 coronavirus-related deaths recorded in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan added nine coronavirus-related deaths for a total of 174, the provincial government said on Wednesday.

Health officials said there were a total of 277 new cases in Wednesday’s update, with the overall total for the province growing to 16,804 since the first case was reported in March 2020. The new seven-day average of daily cases is up to 233.

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In Saskatchewan, 172 people are currently in hospital with COVID-19 — 143 are receiving inpatient care and 29 are in intensive care.

There are currently 2,893 active cases in the province, health officials said. Active cases are total cases less recoveries and deaths.

Officials said 439 more people have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 13,737.

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According to the press release, 2,094 COVID-19 tests were performed on Tuesday in Saskatchewan. To date, 439,515 tests have been carried out in the province.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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