Outbreak declared in Saskatoon after COVID-19 cases linked to two large family gatherings
Published Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:22PM CST Last Updated Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:16PM CST
SASKATOON -- On Wednesday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) declared a "community transmitted outbreak" in Saskatoon.
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The outbreak was declared after one confirmed case and one presumptive case were linked to a pair of large family gatherings in early May that exceeded the current 10-person limit on gatherings, the SHA said in a news release. The two COVID-19 cases came to light between May 21 and May 26, the SHA said.
A contact investigation involving more than 60 people is underway and all close contacts are isolating at home, according to the health authority.
The outbreak was declared by Medical Health Officer Dr. Johnmark Opondo because the possible contact involves multiple households, the SHA said.
At this point, the SHA said it considers the situation to be contained and that there is no further risk to the public.