Sask Children’s Hospital. healthcare facilities with new outbreaks of COVID-19

Over the past week, the Saskatchewan provincial government has added about 20 COVID-19 outbreaks to its race list, with locations including group residences, hospitals and vacation events.

Among them are the pediatric ward at Jim Pattison’s Children’s Hospital and the medical imaging center at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, as well as the 6F ward at Regina General Hospital. All three were added to the list of homes on Tuesday.

CBC News sent a request to the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the province regarding the effects the outbreaks will have on the operations of the three hospitals.

As of Tuesday, there were 95 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 11 of whom are in intensive care. Of the total number of people hospitalized, about half were not fully vaccinated.

Nine long-term care or personal care homes have also been added to the outbreak list since Dec. 30, along with three events held over the holidays.

There were 95 COVID-19 patients in Saskatchewan hospitals as of Tuesday, including 11 in intensive care. The provincial government has said it will consider hospitalizations as one of its main indicators of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

School outbreaks

The provincial website lists 34 active outbreaks in Saskatchewan schools, but it’s unclear when the list was last updated.

A separate part of the website that tracks the number of cases in schools over the past two weeks was last updated to include cases from December 16-29.

On Tuesday, the provincial COVID-19 dashboard showed there were 4,062 confirmed active cases in Saskatchewan. This does not include asymptomatic people who tested positive in a rapid antigen test and, in accordance with new provincial guidelines, began self-isolating without taking a PCR test to confirm their diagnosis.

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