Northern Sask braces for COVID-19 impact with first positive test – National Observer

March 17th 2020

Concerns over COVID-19 spread to northern Saskatchewan communities after a positive test in Southend, 220 kilometres northeast of La Ronge, at the south end of Reindeer Lake. Residents are looking to health authorities for answers.

As of today, there are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province. Two cases are confirmed; the other six are presumptive.

Over the weekend, the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority indicated that one of the positive cases is an individual who was in Southend. Two are in Saskatoon, and the other five are in Regina.

“We are a busy place that is tied to all kinds of government programs,” said Ron Woytowich, mayor of the town of La Ronge and executive director at the Kikinahk Friendship Centre. “So right now I am waiting on decisions by the government, the school division and health to lead me to next steps.”

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