COVID-19 updates for Saskatoon and area Wednesday, March 25
SASKATOON -- This is a developing story. Check back throughout the day for the latest on COVID-19 in Saskatoon and area.
6:49 p.m. - Anyone who attended the Lakeland Snowmobile Club Wilderness Rally Supper in Christopher Lake on March 14 must self-isolate immediately, the Saskatchewan Health Authority says.
Two people who attended the event have tested positive for COVID-19, including a person who served, the SHA said in a news release.
6:21 p.m. - Dormition Ukrainian Catholic Parish holds its Easter tea every year. The gathering is a staple of the Easter season and it’s an important fundraiser. But this year, gatherings of ten or more have been banned in the province. Here's what they're doing.
5:12 p.m. - Cumberland House Cree Nation Chief Rene Chaboyer says some in his community are not following the physical distancing measures meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and are causing disturbances at night.
In response, the community has established a road blockade at the main point of entry into Cumberland House to stop non-community members and illegal drugs from entering and the band council has hired security.
4:57 p.m. - The City of Saskatoon is closing the CP Rail Pedestrian Bridge as it is not wide enough to practice social distancing. The pedestrian bridge will remain closed until further notice, the city said in a news release.
The move comes on the same day the city announced playgrounds will close.
4:41 p.m. - As more and more people in Saskatoon are spending longer periods of time at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 — it seems sales of alcohol and cannabis have gone up. Cierra Sieben-Chuback, who owns Living Skies Cannabis, said there was a surge in sales last week.
“People were, not everyone, but a lot of people were buying more than they usually would,” she said. “We were getting a lot more delivery orders than we typically would.”
3:55 p.m. - It’s imperative that people stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) President Tracy Zambory says.
“Registered nurses, doctors, licensed practical nurses, all the healthcare team and all of the other essential workers - like people who are working to keep our grocery stores open, our pharmacies open, our gas stations open - we need to social distance, we need to practice social solidarity,” she told CTV News.
Zambory also said some medical equipment in the province is being rationed at a time when Saskatchewan is nowhere near the peak of the possible number of patients.
2:38 p.m. - Saskatoon Public Schools has joined the city in closing its playgrounds.
"Parents and caregivers are asked to stop children from playing on playground equipment," the school division said in a Facebook post.
1:52 p.m. - The province of Saskatchewan has limited public and private gatherings to no more than 10 people, effective on Thursday. Many retail and service businesses have also been ordered to stop providing face-to face services.
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:1:45 p.m. - On Wednesday, the leader of Saskatchewan's opposition asked the government to declare a moratorium on evictions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“No one should lose their home because of COVID-19 — full stop,” NDP Leader Ryan Meili said in a news release.
1:10 p.m. - The provincial government is now providing a publically-available online list of flights that have arrived or originated in Saskatchewan carrying a passenger who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The resource also lists information about which rows of seating could be affected and the date of the flight.
12:57 p.m. - Police have fielded calls about people not self-isolating when they’re supposed to, Chief Troy Cooper says.
"For now, when someone reports a breach of that order, we have supervisors that review those complaints to make sure we have an appropriate response," Cooper told reporters Wednesday in a videoconference.
"If it's something egregious, like a positive test that is not self-isolating, that's something we deal with immediately."
12:36 p.m. - As more people come together to help one another during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saskatoon Police Service is warning about potential scammers. “Every time we have a crisis like this it seems there are people who want to take advantage of the situation,” said Police Chief Troy Cooper.
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11:47 a.m. - As of midnight, all travellers returning home to Canada must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days according to new measures being enacted under the Quarantine Act.
"After careful consideration, our partners at Allan Construction have decided to defer the Sid Buckwold Bridge construction project until Monday, April 6, barring any further unforeseen circumstances," the city said in a news release.
11:13 a.m. - Two thousand patients spread over three major hospitals and multiple field hospitals. A need for hundreds of ventilators. Exponential growth of COVID-19 cases.
That’s how the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) envisions Saskatoon in a “worst-case” conceptual planning tool for a potential COVID-19 outbreak which imagines what would happen if no preventative measures were in place.
10:19 a.m. - Saskatoon Police Service is expected to give an update later this morning on how COVID-19 is affecting policing in the city. We'll have full coverage.
9:25 a.m. - The city has announced playgrounds will close Wednesday and sports fields should no longer be used for organized play.
"Do not play games, sports and activities, like soccer and shinny hockey, that put you in close contact with others," the city said in a news release.