For the fourth straight day, Saskatchewan hasn’t reported any COVID-19-related deaths as active infections continue to fall in the province.

Saskatchewan’s active COVID-19 cases have decreased and now sit at 242. It is the lowest number reported since Oct. 13, 2020, when there were 238.

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Health officials said Tuesday there were 22 new cases, bringing the overall infection total in Saskatchewan to 49,472. The seven-day average of new daily infections was down to 25 from 26 on Monday.

In the daily update on Tuesday, Delta cases increased to 505 from the previously reported number, 424. Of the 12,314 variants of concern (VOCs), 7,961 have lineages identified by whole-genome sequencing.

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Saskatchewan hospitals are currently providing care for 55 patients with COVID-19: 45 are receiving inpatient care and 10 are in ICUs.

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The total number of people who have recovered from the virus has grown to 48,655 following 42 more recoveries, provincial health officials said.

According to the press release, 1,151 COVID-19 tests were performed on Monday. To date, 945,617 tests have been carried out in the province.

There have been 575 COVID-19-related deaths in Saskatchewan to date.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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