COVID-19 updates for Saskatoon and area for Monday, June 1
Published Monday, June 1, 2020 11:54AM CST Last Updated Monday, June 1, 2020 1:53PM CST
A sign posted along a Saskatoon street offers hand washing advice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SASKATOON -- Check back throughout the day for the latest on COVID-19 in Saskatoon and area.
If you're concerned you might be infected with COVID-19, the Saskatchewan COVID-19 self-assessment tool is a helpful resource.
One new case, active cases drop below 50
On Monday, the province said there was one new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.
The lone positive test result came from the Regina region, the province said in its daily COVID-19 news release.
As of Monday, the province had a total 646 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the same as Sunday. The province said the number is remains unchanged because a previous positive test was found to be false after a second sample was taken.
Of the 646 cases, 47 are considered active. Of the 47 active cases, 32 of the cases are concentrated in the province's far north.
Calls for U of S tuition decrease
A student at the University of Saskatchewan is calling for a decrease in tuition, as most classes will operate online in the fall due to COVID-19.
Fourth-year chemistry student Abigail Unrau started an online petition, urging officials to reduce the price.
“If we’re not going to be on campus utilizing the resources that we usually have, we believe we shouldn’t be paying full tuition because that’s what our tuition usually goes towards,” Unrau told CTV News in a FaceTime Interview.
Last week, students received an email saying combined tuition and fees for undergrad students would decrease by 0.2 per cent — which is about $18 less than in the 2019-20 year.
Former MP says she was denied medical appointment
A former MP is filing a complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, claiming she was denied an optometrist appointment in Saskatoon because she's from La Loche.
Georgina Jolibois said she called her optometrist of 20 years to make an appointment for new glasses, but was denied.
- 'I’m not alone in this circumstance': Former MP says she was denied medical appointment because she's from northern Sask.
The provincial government instated a public health order restricting travel for much of the province's north on April 24, in an effort to control the transmission of COVID-19.
The restrictions came after a jump in COVID-19 cases, largely concentrated in La Loche.
But under the restrictions, travelling for medical treatment is allowed.
Saskatchewan reported its 11th death releated to COVID-19 on Sunday. The person, from the north region, was in their 70s and had tested positive for the virus.
The province also reported one new case on Sunday. That case is in Regina.
As of Sunday, there have been a total of 646 cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of those cases, 53 are considered active.
Health officials are warning people of a possible coronavirus exposure at the North Battleford Walmart.
On Sunday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority said a person who tested positive for COVID-19 visited the store when "the individual was likely infectious," according to a news release.
Officials are advising people who were at Walmart on May 21, between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to immediately self-isolate if they have symptoms of the virus and call the 811 health line to arrange for testing.
Meanwhile, a Saskatoon DJ is trying to lift people's spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrew Kinakin sets up his DJ booth in his truck bed and performs at a distance in different neighbourhoods - an idea he calls Driveway Party YXE.
People who want Kinakin to perform on their street make requests on social media.
On Sunday, Kinakin set up at the Circle Drive Alliance Church and performed for those who were celebrating a pastor's retirement.