Sask. COVID-19 cases jump to 66 total after boom in testing

More than a dozen new cases of COVID-19 have been reported today in Saskatchewan, bringing the total of reported cases province-wide to 66.

Fourteen new confirmed cases were reported by the provincial government March 23. Out of the new cases, two people impacted are between the ages of five and 19, while the other 12 are adults.

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Since COVID-19 testing was first able to be conducted at Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory March 21, more than 5,200 tests have been conducted. Before the lab was put into use, tests from Saskatchewan were being sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

In northern Saskatchewan, all three cases of COVID-19 reported in the region are now confirmed. Most cases have either been reported in Saskatoon (30 confirmed cases) and Regina (20 cases, all confirmed)

No deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in Saskatchewan or Manitoba.

The Saskatchewan government is advising anyone with a fever or cough to self-isolate immediately and use the province's self-assessment tool at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.  Testing sites have been set up across the province by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, including sites in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and other major centres as well as six rural testing sites and 19 sites in northern regions.

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