15 new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, cluster of students test positive

Saskatchewan reported 15 new cases of of the novel coronavirus on Sunday with total cases reaching 1,878.

Of the new cases, eight are in central east Saskatchewan, four are in the are of Regina and one case is in the north central and Saskatoon zones.

A cluster of students have tested positive in the Yorkton Regional High School, say officials.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is working with a Yorkton business and the Good Spirit School Division to investigate the cluster.

While investigations are ongoing, at this time there is no indication that transmission happened within the school setting, said the SHA in a press release.

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The school division will be communicating to parents later today, say officials.

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There are total active 144 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.

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A total of 1,710 people have recovered.

There are seven people in hospital, all of which are receiving inpatient care.

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Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 24 people.

Women make up 51 per cent of the cases, men make up 49 per cent.

Saskatchewan has completed 185,832 COVID-19 tests to date, up 2,616 from Saturday.

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