Date: Nov 27, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

Four more Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.

This includes three people in the 80-plus age group from the north central zone, south east zone and Regina, and one person in their 70s from the south central zone.

The province also reported 329 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing Saskatchewan active case total to 3,263.

In a release, the government said there are eight new cases in the far northwest zone, four in the far northeast zone, 23 in the northwest zone, 21 in the north central zone, one in the north east, 158 in Saskatoon, six in the central west zone, 11 from the central east, 61 in Regina, 16 in the southwest zone, one in the south central zone and 14 in the southeast zone.

Five new cases are pending residence information. Four cases pending location have been assigned to the north central zone.

The province’s seven-day average of daily new cases is 268, or 22.1 new cases per 100,000 population.

A total of 111 people are in hospital related to COVID-19, including 95 in inpatient care and 16 in intensive care.

Another 208 people were reported recovered from the disease on Friday.

REGIONALLY
328 active cases are from the far north area (123 far northwest, 69 far north central, 136 far northeast)
731 active cases are from the north area (269 northwest, 366 north central, 96 northeast)
1,057 active cases are from the Saskatoon area
605 active cases are from the Regina area
139 active cases are from the central area (57 central west, 82 central east)
376 active cases are from the south area (97 southwest, 119 south central, 160 southeast)

A total of 3,687 COVID-19 tests were process in Saskatchewan on Friday.


SASK. HEALTH ESCALATES RESPONSE AS ICU CAPACITY NEARS 100

The move comes after the SHA reported a five-fold growth in COVID-19 cases in ICUs over the last thirty days, causing capacity to reach nearly 100 per cent.

The health authority said pressure points in Saskatoon as of Thursday are leaving only three available ICU beds in the city.

The SHA needs to create about 200 more beds for COVID-19 patients than what currently exists in all hospitals outside of Saskatoon and Regina.

As for contact tracing, the agency said it needs to add staff to enable effective tracing for 450 cases per day and possibly more.

It said 450 cases per day would create 72 thousand hours of work for contact tracers over a two-week time span, or an average of more than five thousand hours per day.


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    Date: Nov 27, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

Testing and contact tracing are the key parts of the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s offensive strategy against COVID-19.

The SHA is working towards providing 4,000 tests per day and in an effort to increase the province’s testing capacity, new rapid testing options are being added at health care facilities.

We’re expanding point of care testing options into long-term care and other areas, which will support our immediate responses in those environments, SHA Emergency Operations Chief Derek Miller said during Thursday’s update.

Rapid point of care testing units will be used in hospitals in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw, while rapid antigen tests will be rolled out at long-term care and personal care homes, as well as congregate living settings.

Results from the rapid tests are available in 15 minutes and will be used for screening asymptomatic staff and residents. All positive results from the rapid tests will be presumptive and need to be confirmed by a laboratory test.

This move is being applauded by Extendicare, which runs several care homes in Saskatchewan.

We are encouraged by this effort and hopeful it will lead to widespread asymptomatic testing throughout Saskatchewan, Matthew Morgan, chief medical officer at Extendicare, said in a statement.

We have continued to press for asymptomatic testing, and strongly believe it is critical that we implement weekly testing of all staff.

Extendicare’s Parkside facility in Regina had an outbreak declared last week after 14 residents and staff tested positive for the virus. It’s facility in Moose Jaw has also dealt with a pair of cases.

Transmission by asymptomatic individuals is a major source of spread in long-term care Morgan said. Ongoing testing of staff on a regular basis is required to identify sources of the virus and remove them from the home before residents become infected.

There are currently 30 outbreaks in long-term and personal care homes in the province.

Thousand of hours needed for contact tracing

Saskatchewan health officials are urging residents to lower their number of close contacts to take pressure off contact tracers.

We certainly need to both decrease the number of positive cases and contacts if we’re going to get ahead of this virus, SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said.

The number of close contacts per positive case has dropped from 11 to seven over the past week, however some positive cases have had as many as 150 contacts.

Our current average of 268 cases per day is leading to thousands of hours of work for contact tracers.

If we take that over a two-week period and apply the average number of contacts per case, it creates more than 32,000 hours of work for contact tracers in a two-week period of time, Livingstone said.

The SHA is working on adding staff to perform contact tracing for at least 450 cases per day, which it says would create upwards of 72,000 hours of work for contact tracers in two weeks.


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    Date: Nov 27, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has tested negative for COVID-19, after being potentially exposed to the virus last week.

A news release from Moe’s office said the premier will remain in self-isolation until Nov. 29, in accordance with public health requirements.

Moe will be in Regina on Monday, for the election of the Speaker of the House and the delivery of the Throne Speech.

According to a release from the Premier’s office earlier this week, the possible exposure occurred on Nov. 15 at Original Joe’s in Prince Albert. The premier had lunch there with his family following the death of a family member.


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    Date: Nov 27, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

Businesses and organizations in Saskatchewan are adapting to new restrictions, after the new COVID-19 measures came into effect on Friday.

Some businesses are adapting and some are shutting down all together.

Dance Dimensions, a studio which offers a variety of classes, won’t continue to offer in person classes despite being allowed to have eight students at a time.

“For us we are basically forced into a Zoom situation or online program,” Kara Chernishenko, the owner of Dance Dimensions, said.

The studio typically offers 70 classes a week, each with 17-19 dancers. But starting Friday, classes are shifting online and dancers will have to pick up choreography virtually.

“Doing correction and getting it and being able to see through a camera what a teacher is doing, what’s expected of them is a lot harder to do than it would be in person,” Chernishenko said, adding her enrollment is down 30 per cent from last year.

Talia Allingham has been dancing for 16 years and is disappointed with the restrictions.

“With our school systems changing constantly, all the new restrictions coming out, this was the one thing that kept us grounded,” said Allingham. “Especially with the winter season coming and seasonal depression and what not, that’s a very challenging thing to not have the one thing that maybe is the reason you wake up in the morning.”

Performance and gaming venues, which include casinos, bingo halls, arenas, live theaters, movie theaters and performing arts venues are now restricted to 30 people per venue. Earlier this week, 150 people were allowed.

All five Amalgamated Charities bingo halls in Saskatchewan are choosing to close until the Dec. 17, despite being allowed to stay open.

“The 30 person capacity doesn’t allow us to make enough money to cover our bills and have money to be able to disperse to our charities,” Patsy Warren, the president and COO of Amalgamated Charities. “The other reason too is the utmost safety of our staff, charities and customers.”

Indoor public event gatherings are limited to 30 people, which is the same for places of worship. This includes weddings, funerals and baptisms. Food and beverage isn’t allowed.

Holy Rosary Cathedral is holding three masses on Sunday, which allows for a total of 90 worshipers throughout the day. However, the attendees must call ahead and register to attend.

Other places of worship, like the Regina Apostolic Church, have shifted Sunday services online due to the number of staff required to run in-person worship.

The new restrictions are in place until Dec. 17.


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    Date: Nov 27, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

The Saskatchewan government has declared new outbreaks in several hockey teams, including three in Regina.

Outbreaks in other Saskatchewan hockey teams including the Assiniboia Rebels, the Fort Qu’Appelle Fort Knox and the Regina Cherries Sr. Men’s teams.

Saskatoon Minor Hockey reported outbreaks in “multiple teams” this week.

According to the province, an outbreak is declared when two people or more test positive for COVID-19 in a non-household setting.

Below is a list of locations where outbreaks have been declared, along with the date of the declaration:

REGINA
Turvey Centre (Louis Riel play cast members), Nov. 26
Doogz Diggers Hockey Team, Nov. 26
Bro-Ci-Tops Hockey Team, Nov. 26
Gailenes Child Care, Nov. 26
Cherries Sr. Men Hockey Team, Nov. 25
Paul Dojak Centre, Nov. 25
Regina Provincial Correctional Centre (Isolation Unit), Nov. 25
Pioneer Village, Nov. 25,
First Years Learning Centre, Nov. 24
Tim Hortons, South Albert, Nov. 22
Parkside Extendicare, Nov. 20
Santa Maria Long-term Care Home, Nov. 20
Highland Curling Club, Nov. 20
Avena Foods, Nov. 20
Jesus the Anointed One Church, Nov. 18
Ecole Wascana Plains School, Nov. 18
Clare Parker Homes, Nov. 17
Evraz Steel Mill, Nov. 17
Culture Grooming Lounge, Nov. 17
Revera Green Falls Landing, Nov. 15


SASKATOON
Saskatoon Minor Hockey (multiple teams), Nov. 25
Saskatoon Food Bank, Nov. 24
Oliver Lodge, Nov. 24
Lutheran Sunset Home, Nov. 20
Royal University Hospital, Unit 5300 (OrthoTrauma), Nov. 20
Saskatoon Correctional Centre, Nov.17
Luther Special Care Home, Nov. 17
Martensville High School, Martensville, Nov. 11


CENTRAL
The Mosaic Company - Esterhazy K3, Esterhazy, Nov. 25
Northside Sales and Service, Ituna, Nov. 13


SOUTH
Rebels Hockey Team, Assiniboia, Nov. 23
Senior Balcarres Broncos Hockey, Balcarres, Nov. 22
Fort Knox Hockey Team, Fort Qu’Appelle, Nov. 22
Little Castle Child Care Centre, Indian Head, Nov. 17
Hayes Haven Person Care Home, Indian Head, Nov. 17


FAR NORTH
Gunnar Mine, Uranium City, Nov. 13


NORTH
St. Josephs Health Centre, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Nov. 25
Condo building, Battleford, Nov. 21
U19 Bruins hockey, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
Global Sports Academy, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
Safeway, Prince Albert, Nov. 13
River Heights Lodge, North Battleford, Nov. 12
Purolator, Prince Albert, Nov. 12
Caleb Village, North Battleford, Nov. 11


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    Date: Nov 27, 2020
    Posted By: New Room

A man recovering from addiction is trying to raise awareness for those with substance abuse disorder.

While watching the news earlier this week he realized some of the visuals may be hard on those early in their recovery.

An addict who is say freshly out of the residential treatment program or a detox centre will be sitting there watching the news one day when all of a sudden there it is boom right in your face, Bob Wilson said.

He continued to say a visual of drugs, even when not being explicitly used, can be enough to trigger a response.

To see this thats what sets their mind off and the next thing you know they cant shake it, the minds obsessed, their bodys wanting it and next thing you know theyre out and theyre looking to use again and that could be their very last use, added Wilson.

Rand Teed, an addictions counsellor, said those with substance abuse disorder have re-trained their brain to have an anticipatory dopamine response to anything having to do with their drug of choice.

These triggers can be a location, a smell, a sound or an image.

In the news pieces, if a person, for example, sees somebody having a drink or a bottle of alcohol spilled on the ground thats going to trigger their brain response to alcohol, explained Teed.

Teed says part of the recovery process is to replace and overpower this old pathway with a new one that has a significant amount of pleasure with it as well.

In many ways in order to do that you have to be able to subject yourself to that older pathway and learn that you actually do have the power to override it.”

Both Teed and Wilson agree a form of trigger warning could be beneficial to those in recovery.

I mean Netflix has them, a warning, drug abuse or drug use in this movie and such, so if youre going to show it, if you have to show it, I understand, Wilson said.

Wilson added addiction touches everyone and support is important with teed echoing that recovery is possible.


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