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COVID-19 updates for Saskatoon and area Friday, March 27
A photo Saskatoon's iconic Denny Carr statue taken on March, 26 2020.
SASKATOON -- This is a developing story. 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.
5:43 p.m - The Ministry of Education announced teachers and school divisions across the province will be back at work next week to develop plans for distance learning.
The government’s Education Response Planning Team has been working with school divisions to develop a short and long-term plan to support students in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2:49 p.m. - Wondering if you can go to your friend's birthday party this weekend? What about taking your dog for a walk? CTV Saskatoon has combed through federal and provincial rules and recommendations to give you the answers.
2:07 p.m. -The Saskatchewan Health Authority says masks, gowns and shields used by doctors and nurses in the fight against COVID-19 are possibly being stolen from some of its facilities.
CEO Scott Livingstone has issued a warning about the disappearing equipment in a letter to staff and volunteers.
1:59 p.m. - The Government of Saskatchewan has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 in the province, bringing the total to 104. Six people are in hospital.
1:48 p.m. - The Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU) said two Saskatoon corrections officers have tested positive for COVID-19.
"We have been asking the Government for a plan for our corrections officers since the pandemic first broke," SGEU president Bob Bymoen said in a news release. These people are working under the toughest circumstances and are worried."
1:38 p.m. - Saskatoon’s Eric Forest spoke with CTV Morning Live Saskatoon’s Mike Ciona on Friday from Thailand, where a vacation turned into a quandary after the worldwide spread of Covid-19.
"Currently I'm looking at flying home through Japan, through Tokyo. And then if I can survive a 13.5 hour layover, to Seattle and then to Vancouver," he says.
11:23 a.m - A grim milestone, but also an important reminder of the critical role we're playing when we take physical distancing steps or choose to self-isolate when appropriate: COVID-19 has killed more people in Canada than SARS did in just a fraction of the time.
Back in 2003, 44 people in Canada died of SARS during a six-month timespan. As of Friday afternoon, 53 have died after testing positive for COVID-19.
11:15 a.m. - The province of Saskatchewan announced its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 on March 12.
As you're probably well aware, a lot has happened since that announcement. CTV News has created a timeline to help you keep track of this fast-moving story.
10:58 a.m. - In what may be a first, the provincial government is encouraging people to play video games online. Just one physical distancing suggestion listed in a Twitter message this morning. Not okay? Throwing a wild party.
10:12 a.m. - As temperatures continue to rise throughout Saskatchewan, the province is reminding residents that provincial parks are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Park facilities, including washrooms, visitor centres, picnic areas and campgrounds, all closed on Monday.
9:40 a.m. - The people who answer the phones during medical emergencies in Saskatchewan say in order to keep paramedics safe, it is important for callers to disclose any potential COVID-19 symptoms they are experiencing.
"Today we are asking the public to please be upfront and honest when calling 911 for a medical emergency," LeeAnn Osler, Medavie Health Services' deputy chief of medical communications, said in a news release.
8:36 a.m. - The province announced nine more confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon, bringing the province's total to 95.
Three people in Saskatchewan have recovered from the virus, the province said on Thursday, according to the province. However, there could be even more recovered cases that have not yet been reported.