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Six new COVID-19 cases, nine recoveries in Saskatchewan; temporary changes coming to SHA visitor policy

Saskatchewan has confirmed six new COVID-19 cases across the province over the last 24 hours.

The new cases bring the total active cases to 61, with 261 people having recovered from the disease. Total verified cases since the beginning of the outbreak are now 326, from which recoveries and deaths are subtracted from to get the active number.

In the North Zone housing Lloydminster and Surrounding area, SHA has confirmed five cases and 61 recoveries. At least one active case of COVID-19 has also been confirmed at the Pioneer Lodge in Lloydminster.

In an effort to continue flattening the curve and protect at risk people, the Saskatchewan Health Authority has made changes to its visitors’ policy.

Effective immediately, visitors are not permitted in any Saskatchewan Health Authority operated hospitals, clinics, community and continuing care facilities, except for compassionate reasons. Only one healthy visitor will also be allowed in for said compassionate reasons.

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The SHA says that they understand how difficult this will be for families and loved ones, and encourage people to make use of virtual means of visiting. They are working on providing cell phones and tablets to long-term care residents, helping make this a reality.

A list of the new rules can be found on the Government’s website. 

As of April 22nd, 25,321 COVID-19 tests have been performed, with 23,686 negative results.

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