COVID-19 jumps again in Sask., going to 156 cases

Snowmobile rally, dental conference, bonspiel increase number of positive tests

More positive tests for COVID-19 have been reported in Saskatchewan, including 22 new ones on Sunday.

In total, 156 people in Saskatchewan have now tested positive for COVID-19. Out of the cases, 33 of them have been reported in what the province describes as the "north", while another three cases have been reported in the "far north". It is unknown which region Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach, Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay and others are organized into.

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Most of the cases reported in the "north" are linked to a snowmobile rally dinner in Christopher Lake March 14. As of March 29, 20 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 were linked to the event. The province now estimates around 130 people were at the dinner.

Five people - one in the north, two in Saskatoon, one in Regina and two elsewhere in central Saskatchewan - remain in Saskatchewan hospitals due to COVID-19, while two of those five people - one in Regina, the other in the central region - are in intensive care.

Other events that have led to multiple instances of infection include a dental conference in B.C. and a bonspiel for medical professionals in Edmonton. Both events had Saskatchewan residents in attendance who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Throughout Saskatchewan, more than 9,000 tests have been performed, including more than 800 since the province's March 28 update.

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