One new COVID-19 case found in far north Sask., Beauval outbreak declared over

One new case of COVID-19 has been announced in far north Saskatchewan. Provincial authorities have not confirmed where in the region the case was found.

The far north case is the only new case of COVID-19 announced in the province June 3. No new recoveries from the disease were reported by the province.

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There are currently 34 active cases of the disease in the province. Out of the 34 cases, 26 of them are in northern regions - 24 in the far north, two in the north. Only two cases, including the new case reported June 3, have been reported in northern regions in the past six days.

Two people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in Saskatchewan - both are in Saskatoon in intensive care.

Some good news for the far north came from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) June 2. One of the two outbreaks in the far north, in Beauval, was declared over by the SHA. The outbreak was in effect for just over a month, first being declared May 1 after several new cases were identified in the community.

"As of today, there are no active cases in the community and there is no evidence of community transmission, the medical health officers have declared an end to the outbreak," reads an SHA statement.

All residents are advised to continue current social distancing and prophylactic procedures.

Travel restrictions on northwest Saskatchewan are still in effect. Areas of northern Saskatchewan that have not been hit by COVID-19, including Creighton, Denare Beach and other communities, are open for travel for southern residents, pending local restrictions or rules.

Only one outbreak remains in northern Saskatchewan, in La Loche. Outbreaks in Beauval, Lloydminster and Prince Albert have been previously declared over. A community outbreak in Saskatoon, tied to a pair of large gatherings, is currently being investigated by SHA.

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