Two new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan were reported by the province Thursday - one in Saskaoon and one in the north.
Nine new recoveries of the disease were also reported by the provincial government in a May 28 daily news briefing. Measures relating to the provincial state of emergency have been extended for another two weeks, including limits on public and private gatherings to 10 people or fewer and restrictions on travel to communities in northwestern Saskatchewan.
The news comes a day after the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) declared a community outbreak in Saskatoon, connected to one confirmed positive case and one presumptive positive case. The cases, according to the SHA, are linked to a pair of large family gatherings in Saskatchewan in early May. The events were held despite the public health order limiting gatherings to 10 people or fewer.
"It is being declared an outbreak as it involves of multiple different households with transmission linked to a large gathering," read the statement issued by the SHA May 27.
The two new cases bring the province's total number of positive tests to 639. Out of the 639 people who have tested positive, 61 cases remain active. Ten people have died due to COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, including three deaths confirmed to be linked to COVID-19 announced earlier this week. Most people reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 - 568, to be exact - have recovered.
Manitoba reported a pair of new cases Thursday along with two recoveries, keeping the province's amount of active cases at 14. During the outbreak, 294 people in Manitoba have tested positive for COVID-19 - 273 of those people have recovered. Seven people have died.
Cadham Provincial Laboratory in Winnipeg and other testing facilities processed 725 tests between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning.