People died due to COVID-19 in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan Tuesday. One death from the disease was reported in each province.
Both deaths reported July 28 were in people in their 70s. In Manitoba, the person who died was identified as a man from the Southern Health-Santé Sud region. The man was not previously hospitalized with COVID-19 before his death, according to a provincial statement.
The Saskatchewan victim was a resident of an unknown community in southern Saskatchewan.
Eight people in Manitoba have died due to COVID-19 - in Saskatchewan, 17 deaths have been reported.
Both provinces also reported more cases Tuesday. Manitoba reported another five cases of COVID-19 within four separate health regions - two in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, one in Winnipeg, one in Prairie Mountain Health and the final case in Southern Health-Santé Sud.
In Saskatchewan, nine new cases were found in the past 24 hours - three in the south, two in Saskatoon, two in the north and one each in the central region and in Regina. The province had some hopeful numbers to go with the new cases, as 21 new recoveries from COVID-19 were reported Tuesday.
Since the outbreak began, Saskatchewan has reported 1,218 cases of COVID-19. Manitoba has reported 405 cases.
Saskatchewan currently has 294 active cases of COVID-19, while Manitoba has 78. In Manitoba, three people are hospitalized with COVID-19, including two people in intensive care, while Saskatchewan currently has 13 people hospitalized and five people requiring intensive care province-wide.
Out of the 294 active Saskatchewan cases, 20 are in northern communities. No new cases have been reported in La Loche, previously the site of one of the province's biggest outbreaks, in the past six days.
Just under 94,000 people in Saskatchewan have been tested for COVID-19. If testing rates continue at recent pace, that number will top 100,000 tests done by the end of next week. Manitoba has tested fewer people, having completed just under 86,000 tests during the pandemic, but has also found less than a third of the total cases Saskatchewan has reported.