COVID-19: Sask. surpasses highest daily testing, 8 new cases announced
Saskatchewan reported 8 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 more recoveries on Sunday. Saturday it hit the milestone of 100,000 tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic, which also saw the highest daily testing number: 2,104, surpassing Friday’s 1,807.
The 8 new cases are in the north (one), Saskatoon (two), central (one), the south (three) and Regina (one). There are 254 active cases across the province.
Eighteen people are currently in hospital, seven of which are in intensive care.
With the uptick in new cases over the past week, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) said on Friday it was committing to hiring 90 new staff by the end of August to lower wait times when calling HealthLine.
Many people have also been experiencing delays in receiving their results from a COVID-19 test, which both Premier Scott Moe and Opposition leader Ryan Meili said was unacceptable.
As of Wednesday, Saskatchewan had the highest seven-day average for COVID-19 cases in the country at 2.88 per 100,000 people, according to data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.