COVID-19 latest in Saskatoon for Monday, March 16
A woman who lives near Asquith, about 40 kilometres west of Saskatoon, told CTV News said it her husband has waited days to be tested for COVID-19 after being told he met the criteria on Thursday during a call to the province's 811 health line.
"But he's had symptoms since Wednesday, (they said he needed testing) Thursday, so now it's Monday. That's five full days of us just sitting here waiting," Danae Vanderveer said.
Here are the rest of today's COVID-19 updates:
6:33 p.m. - Remai Modern annouced it will close as a precaution to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
"We will reopen and resume public events as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we ask for your patience as we assess the evolving situation and react accordingly," the gallery said in an email sent Monday evening.
6:03 p.m. - Today, a Saskatoon Independent Grocer location on Kenderdine Road announced it will open an hour earlier for certain shoppers in a move meant to ensure seniors and vulnrable customers have access to the groceries they need .
"Senior customers or people with low immune systems can now shop before the store opens," a sign posted at the store reads.
5:47 p.m. - Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority announced that all SIGA operations will be suspended for the next two weeks, at which time SIGA will re-assess the situation.
"This decision is in the best interest of our employees, guests and community members’ health and safety, and the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19,’ SIGA Board Chair Chief Reginald Bellerose said in a news release.
Earlier in the day, SaskGaming announced it will suspend operations and temporarily close Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw until further notice.
3:05 p.m. - Grassroots Restaurant Group which operates some of the city's most popular eateries including Ayden Kitchen & Bar and Little Grouse on the Prairie announces that as of Tuesday all of its restaurants will be closed.
"Although we will be closed temporarily, we encourage you to support those local businesses who have made the difficult choice to stay open," the local company said in an Instagram post.
2:53 p.m. - Premier Scott Moe reminded people to be reasonable when doing their grocery shopping. "Buy what you need. There is no need for us to hoard," he said at a press conference.
1:51 p.m. - Saskatchewan Polytechnic announced it is cancelling all classes and programming for the remainder of this week. Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs will be offered online or through alternate delivery options where possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission effective March 23, according to a news release.
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12:20 p.m. - During a news conference in Regina, the province anounces a seventh presumptive case of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. The newest presumptive case is an indviudal who traveled to Arizona, according to the Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab.
10:42 a.m. - The province announced Monday morning that pre K-12 classes will be winding down by March 20.
9:19 a.m. - The weekend saw a flurry of activity as the city ramped up its response to the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
The City of Saskatoon announced on Sunday that leisure facilities and indoor and outdoor rinks would be closed beginning Monday.
Saskatoon Public Library also announced a temporary closure of all branches which starts Monday as well.
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The moves came after health officials confirmed four new presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan on Saturday, bring the provinces total number of presumptive cases to six.
Last week two presumptive cases were confirmed in Saskatoon.
This is a developing story. More details to come throughout the day.