Sask. expands testing ahead of phase three opening, reports two new northern cases

Cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan's north continue to climb. Two new positive cases, one in the far north and one in the north, were reported by the province May 25. Eight people have recovered from the disease.

Saskatchewan has reported 634 cases of COVID-19 in total and 81 of those cases, as of May 25, remain active. Out of those 81 cases, 74 of them are in either the far north or northern regions. Communities near Flin Flon in Saskatchewan are considered to be part of the far north zone. No cases of COVID-19 have been reported in northeastern Saskatchewan communities.

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Testing in Saskatchewan will be expanded to include people returning to work in the next phase of the province's Reopen Saskatchewan plan, covering all people working outside their home or returning to the workplace. Symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, headaches, sore throat, chills or others are asked to call HealthLine 811 or a family doctor for advice on testing.

The province is currently planning to move into the third phase of its provincial back-to-business plan June 8, including reopening tattoo parlours, nail salons and other personal service industries, reopening gyms and opening restaurants and licensed establishments to 50 per cent capacity. Guidelines for the reopening are still being formulated by the province.

Travel into some parts of northern Saskatchewan, including Flin Flon, Creighton and nearby communities, is now allowed by provincial health orders. Travel to northwestern communities like La Loche and Beauval remains restricted.

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