Coronavirus Canada updates: One fatality in Saskatchewan, nine of province’s 21 new cases in La Loche

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Coronavirus Canada updates: New case under investigation in Nova Scotia's northern zone
Coronavirus Canada updates: New case under investigation in Nova Scotia's northern zone

An individual in their 60s from Saskatchewan’s North region has passed away after contracting COVID-19, raising the province’s death toll to seven.

Before today’s update, Saskatchewan had not recorded a death since April 29.

Along with the increase to its death toll, health officials identified 21 cases for a total of 620. It’s the biggest increase to its case count since the province announced 25 cases on May 6.

Of those new 21 cases, one is in the Saskatoon area and four in the North, while 16 are in the Far North; that includes six in Beauval and nine in the province’s epicentre La Loche.

There are also now 494 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 24 since Tuesday’s update. Of Saskatchewan’s 120 active cases, 102 are in the Far North.

Four people are in hospital, including one in intensive care, a decrease of one for both categories since yesterday. Forty-nine health care workers have been infected, an increase of one. The source of infection for each case may not be related to their line of work, according to a press release.

To date, 41,951 COVID-19 tests have been performed in the province.

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