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Here's advice on how to practice physical/social distancing and how to properly self-isolate at home. 

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Reopening the province

Monday, as the province reported just two new cases of the virus, Premier Scott Moe said it's time to begin thinking — cautiously — about how life may eventually get back to some semblance of normal in the province.

"We can start to think about what the process of reopening Saskatchewan will look like," Moe said.

Moe said his government could have a "Reopen Saskatchewan" plan ready to present as early as next week while at the same time urging continued vigilance.

Number of cases in province now 300, but only 2 new 

Saskatchewan has now had 300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 118 of those cases are considered active.

However, the province reported only two new cases.

Of the confirmed cases, 147 have been in Saskatoon, 58 of which are considered active.

Regina has the next highest concentration of confirmed cases, 65, with 25 that are active.

'Ratchet up' testing in province's north: FSIN

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) says a case of COVID-19 confirmed in northern Saskatchewan was caused by a nurse bringing the virus to the community.

"She did not exhibit any symptoms until she was in the community. as soon as she started exhibiting symptoms after I think it was a day or two, they immediately put her into isolation and of course the test came back positive," said FSIN Vice Chief David Pratt.

Pratt says there needs to be more personal protective equipment and testing for nurses and others in northern communities.

"We do want to ratchet up the testing; we don't want to endanger our northern communities that are at risk already."

Physically distanced memorial tribute for Colby Cave

A highway memorial took place Monday afternoon in the Battlefords area to honour 25-year-old Colby Cave.

The Edmonton Oilers player, originally from North Battleford, died last week after suffering a brain bleed.

People taking part were asked to wear hockey jerseys and make signs of support to display on their vehicles while practicing physical distancing.

Bob Bartkewich, a longtime friend of the Cave family says he was one of the first people to hold Colby after he was born. He said receiving the news that Cave died was incredibly hard for him.

“You know Colby was like a son to all of us, and to get that phone call was just devastating.” Bartkewich said. colby cave tribute

Trial proceeds with precautions in place

Amid restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, two men accused in a break and enter over the Christmas holidays in 2017 were arraigned at Court of Queen’s bench Monday morning.

During the proceedings, sheriffs and lawyers donned medical masks and latex gloves.

Mobile COVID-19 testing

Mobile testing machines, able to detect COVID-19 without results being sent to a lab, have arrived in Saskatchewan. Premier Scott Moe said about a dozen communities will receive GenXpert units. 

 

 

“These units provide results on-location in under four hours, without the swabs having to be submitted to the Roy Romanow Provincial Lab,” Moe said. 

Province's fourth COVID-19 victim remembered

 A Regina man who died from complications related to COVID-19 last week is being remembered as a dedicated father and grandfather.

Noble Gullacher, better known as “Butch,” died in a Regina hospital on Friday. He was 69 years old.

Gullacher went into the ICU on March 21, where he stayed on a ventilator until his death on April 10. Hi wife, Kathleen, wasn’t able to visit him in the hospital. 

“He basically lived for the last few years for his grandchildren,” she said.

Gullacher Riders

A plan to help people spread out, so they don't spread COVID-19

With warmer weather around the corner, a Saskatoon active transportation advocacy group wants to see more space available in the city to help people stay healthy while still practicing physical distancing.

The group suggests the city take advantage of reduced traffic levels during the pandemic to designate sections of roadway for pedestrians and cyclists.

"We owe it to ourselves, our families, and our community, to keep ourselves healthy. Research shows that people who have access to fresh air, exercise, and nature are less susceptible to a range of diseases and conditions," Saskatoon Cycles said in a letter sent to City Council and shared on social media.

Weekend recap

On Saturday, the province said a COVID-19 patient in Regina had died, the province's fourth victim of the virus.

As of  Sunday,  there were 298 cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, 130 of which are considered active.

Saskatoon had 68 active cases of the virus as of Sunday, the most in the province, and so far has had 147 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

After an employee reported testing positive for COVID-19,  a Saskatoon McDonald's is closed for cleaning.

The positive test was reported on Sunday and the employee's most recent shift was on April 4, according to McDonald's Canada.

Also, an employee at a Sobeys liquor store in Saskatoon tested positive for COVID-19, according to the company. The last day the employee worked was March 27.

A home in the city's Fairhaven neighbourhood spread some Easter cheer with an  elaborate display.

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Importantly, the display was easy to enjoy from a distance.

With files from CTV Regina