The province of Saskatchewan confirmed that 44 of the 50 new cases of COVID-19 are in the RM of Star City.
“Yes, 44 of of the 50 cases were in a communal living setting within the RM of Star City, not particularly in Star City itself,” said Dr. Saqib Shahab, the province’s chief medical officer in a news conference today. “I think the rapid transmission of COVID in these settings shows that, while we can effectively prevent COVID transmission, what happens if we let our guard down.”
“We must do everything we can to prevent COVID transmission,” he said.
A significant portion of COVID transmission is from asymptomatic people, which is why it is important that people follow physical distancing guidelines, Shahab said.
Recent COVID numbers have jumped dramatically, many linked to outbreaks in southern Saskatchewan’s Hutterite Colonies.
Shahab did not say specifically that the Star City Colony was the location of the outbreak announced on July 29.
The province is still recommending avoiding inter-provincial travel unless it is absolutely necessary, said Premier Scott Moe.
“We expect that they will abide by the public health recommendations that are in place at the moment,” said Moe. There is no actual ban.
The province is focused on contact tracing of COVID positive people and has increased testing, which is being reflected in the increased positive numbers.