9:15 Sat. March 14,
Three more presumptive cases are being reported in Regina. Two cases are people in their 40’s, and live in the same household. One recently travelled to Vancouver for a dental conference at which an attendee tested positive for COVID-19. The two Regina residents were tested March 13, and are self-isolating while they recover.
A person in their 20’s with a travel history to Tennessee, is self-isolating and recovering at home in the capital. Public health officials are following up with others who had close contact with all theses people and who may be at risk of developing coronavirus.
A First Nations health authority is confirming a third presumptive case of coronavirus in the far northern Saskatchewan community of Southend.
The case is confirmed in a letter from Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, the medical health officer for the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, to Southend community members.
The letter, posted on the Prince Albert Grand Council Facebook page, says the person is in their early thirties and has a “travel history.”
It does not confirm the gender of the person or where exactly they travelled to.
The letter also says the person is currently in self isolation and the NITHA is in contact with people they may have been exposed to.
The person was tested at the Southend clinic on Mar. 11 after experiencing symptoms.
The letter is dated Mar. 14 at 12:10 p.m.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority had just held a press conference at 2 p.m. where they said there were still only two COVID-19 cases in the province.
Southend is located about 220 kilometres northeast of La Ronge.
According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census, the population is more than 1,100 people.
Southend is part of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.