COVID-19 updates for Saskatoon and area Thursday, March 26
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 assesment tool is a helpful resource.
6:50 p.m. - Gary Banerd, owner of Fitness Solutions in Saskatoon, and his five staff have been going steady despite the store being closed to customers.
"Things have been quite busy here over the last couple weeks," he told CTV News.
Since people have been in self-isolation and physical distancing, he’s been filling more than 50 orders a day - from weights and mats to treadmills and home gyms.
5:33 p.m. - Warman Fire Rescue was called to several homes in that community Thursday, but not for the usual reasons.
With lights flashing, firefighters were dispatched to help celebrate the birthdays of children in Warman who are following the physical distancing recommendations of health officials, meant to limit the spread of COVID-19.
5:25 p.m - Dr. Hassan Masri began posting videos about COVID-19 on Facebook and Instagram in early March, at first just answer questions from friends about the virus. Now he has a much larger audience.
“As a physician, I felt that I have a responsibility to step in and do my part to educate those around me about what is true and what is not truet, “ said Masri.
For individuals, that means the filing date has been pushed back to June 1. The original filing date was April 30.
4:33 p.m. - The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) opened the Regina COVID Assessment and Treatment Site on Thursday.
The site will “provide intermediate care, assessment and treatment of people with symptoms that have progressively worsened over consecutive days and are consistent with COVID-19.”
3:50 p.m. - In a world of self-isolation and public health restrictions, a local band is taking advantage of the situation by laying down new tracks for an upcoming record.
"My brother and I haven't been able to get together and jam so we've gone straight to using the internet like everyone else," said Murray Cuthbertson, bassist for local band Untimely Demise.
3:02 p.m. - Dr. Carla Holinaty is doing almost all of her visits over the phone in the age of COVID-19.
“We have to adapt, right? It’s something that’s new for us and new for patients and so we’re all figuring that out as we go,” said Holinaty, a Saskatoon family physician.
2:34 p.m. - The province of Saskatchewan is reporting nine new confirmed COVID-19 cases and three recovered cases.
The provincial total is now at 95 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
2:20 p.m. -A Saskatoon contracting business says it is facing challenges getting the permits it needs in time to continue work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"There are a couple jobs that we did have upcoming that we are not going to be able to start," K & S Contracting Inc co-owner Karen Ostapiw said.
12:56 p.m. - The Government of Saskatchewan is also suspending enforcement on fines and late payments for the next six months.
12:30 p.m. - The province of Saskatchewan says it is suspending eviction hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Office of Residential Tenancies (ORT) will stop accepting eviction applications for missed or late rent starting on Thursday.
11:57 a.m. - Five Saskatoon Transit drivers have refused what they deem unsafe work, according to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 615.
President Darcy Pederson said while five drivers have made formal complaints, there are “many others” who are working in fear.
11:14 a.m. - Saskatchewan’s family physicians want residents to stay home and save lives.
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“Abiding by the public health guidelines on physical distancing will do more than anything else to assist family physicians as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Carla Holinaty.
11:11 a.m. - For more than two weeks Barb Maduck has been setting up a stool in front of her 80-year-old father's bedroom window at his retirement home.
Maduck starts her visits with a wave and then instructs him to pick up his cell phone and answer her call.
10:42 a.m. - On Wendesday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) said two people who attended the Lakeland Snowmobile Club Wilderness Rally Supper in Christopher Lake on March 14 have tested positive for COVID-19.
Anyone who was at the event must self-isolate immediately, the Saskatchewan Health Authority says.
9:32 a.m. - Maidstone's Brock Weston is self-isolating in the basement of his parents' house while they stay upstairs. He said he's sharing the story of his symptoms and diagnosis so others will take the virus seriously, stay home and think of others.
"I had no appetite. I couldn't smell. My eyes were hurting," the 25-year-old told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview Wednesday.
9:03 a.m. - The city has closed the CP Rail Pedestrian bridge amid concern about the potential spread of COVID-19.
The bridge, which spans the South Saskatchewan River from Spadina Crescent to the city's university area is not wide enough to maintain proper physical distancing, the city said.