Seminar Kibir, health lab technician prepares chemicals to process analysis of some nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 at the Hospital of Argenteuil, north of Paris, Friday Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The Government of Saskatchewan reported 439 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, setting a new single-day increase record.

The previous daily high of 308 was set one week ago on Nov. 14.

The province said over the past week, Saskatchewan has averaged 203 new cases daily, or 16.7 new cases per 100,000 population.

Saturday’s new cases reflects a new daily high of 4,580 COVID-19 tests processed on Friday.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe sent out a statement in response to Saturday’s record setting numbers.

“While it’s too soon for the new measures implemented last week to have made an impact, we are continuing to evaluate the situation closely and will consider further measures. Our government is working closely with Dr. Shahab and public health officials and will have more to say early next week,” Moe said in the statement.

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In a release, the province said nine new cases are in the far northwest zone, 13 are in the far northwest, 56 are in the northwest zone, 43 are in the north central zone, 11 are in the north east, 170 in Saskatoon, eight in the central west zone, 13 in the central east zone, 56 in Regina, 14 in the southwest zone, 18 in the south central zone, 19 in the southeast zone.

Nine new cases are currently pending residence information.

A total of 93 people are in hospital related to COVID-19, including 72 in inpatient care and 21 in intensive care.

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A total of 2,537 COVID-19 cases are currently considered active.

REGIONALLY

  • 271 active cases are from the far north area (108 far northwest, 64 far north central, 99 far northeast)
  • 613 active cases are from the north area (233 northwest, 289 north central, 91 northeast)
  • 781 active cases are from the Saskatoon area
  • 436 active cases are from the Regina area
  • 104 active cases are from the central area (33 central west, 71 central east)
  • 305 active cases are from the south area (61 southwest, 106 south central, 138 southeast)
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The government said 41 cases were reported recovered on Saturday.

“For now, let’s all do our part to keep ourselves and those around us safe. Reduce your number of contacts and your activity outside the home. If you do go out, wear a mask, which is now required in all indoor public places everywhere in Saskatchewan. Physically distance, wash your hands often, stay home when you can,” Moe said.

“We can keep ourselves and those around us safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by taking these steps.”