COVID-19 updates for Saskatoon and area for Wednesday, June 3
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 COVID-19 case
On Wednesday, the province said there was just one new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, found in the far north.
The new case brings the provincial total to 647 cases, with 34 of those cases considered active.
Of those 34 active cases, 24 are concentrated in the far north.
As of Wednesday, there were two people hospitalized due to COVID-19, both requiring intensive care.
The patients are located in Saskatoon, according to the province.
Health warning for rallies
Public rallies increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission and put the community at risk, Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says.
“The risks and public health violations apply to all large gatherings. While peaceful public protests are a part of our democracy, please be aware of the elevated risk to yourself and your loved ones, particularly those in your extended household who may be more vulnerable,” a news release says.
The warning comes after a Black Lives Matter rally at the Legislature in Regina and with others planned for other Saskatchewan communities.
Feeding the hungry
Some children and teens have gone without breakfast and lunch programs after schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Natalie Guimond says.
As the director of INDIGital Saskatchewan, she saw more use at drop-in centres like The Gate.
That led her to set-up the Community Cares Kitchen for people short on food in Prince Albert.
Gyms set to reopen
On Monday, Phase Three of Re-Open Saskatchewan will commence, allowing gyms and fitness facilities to re-open to the public.
It’s a day that Adam Lorenz has been waiting for since his gym closed in mid-March.
“It’s a community right,” said Lorenz, who owns Modern Martial Arts Center in Saskatoon. “We’re really excited to get everybody seeing each other again more than anything.”
Hospital visitation criteria expanded
In March the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) strictly limited the number of visitors to hospitals, long-term care homes and other health facilities, allowing only those who met certain "compassionate" criteria.
In a news release sent on Wednesday, the SHA said based on the advice of a panel made up of patient and family advisors and infection control experts, it is expanding its criteria for what is considered a compassionate reason to visit a health facility during the pandemic.
“Compassionate care means different things to different people, so we worked hard together to review this and come up with adjustments that still ensure we are protected when living or coming into these facilities,” the panel's co-chair Heather Thiessen said.
Drive-in movies at SaskTel Centre
Starting on Friday, SaskTel Centre will supply a three-day run of drive-in movies in its parking lot.
The screenings will include comedy hits like Dumb & Dumber and Masterminds and family favourites like The Lion King and Frozen 2. UFC 250 will be streamed live Saturday night.
The province reported no new cases of COVID-19 and 14 recoveries on Tuesday.
Two people were in hospital, the province said. Both were in intensive care in Saskatoon.
Of the 646 reported cases, 33 were considered active. Of the 33 active cases, 23 were concentrated in the far north.
Premier Scott Moe said he is hopeful Phase Four of the province’s reopening plan could happen late June or early July.
The province also announced that on June 8 the COVID-19-related travel restrictions in Saskatchewan's far north are expected to be lifted.
The move, announced by the province in a news release, comes as the number of active cases in the region continues to decline.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority's COVID-19 outbreak declaration in Beauval was ended on Tuesday. The declaration had been in place since May 1.
The owner of a Saskatoon spin studio says she won’t be able to reopen under the province’s Phase Three guidelines.
Ten-person class size limits make opening her two locations unfeasible, Ryde YXE co-owner Shaina Lynden said.
On Tuesday it was announced Country Thunder Craven will not go ahead in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers say the event has been postponed to 2021.