Northern Sask. medical health officer calls on province to reinstate isolation, masking measures – CBC

At least 2 outbreaks reported in the north since restrictions were lifted on July 11

Aug 10, 2021

A medical health officer wants some COVID-19 restrictions to be reinstated to help northern Saskatchewan bring down case numbers.

Outbreaks have been reported in at least two northern communities — Buffalo River Dene Nation and Black Lake First Nation — since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted on July 11.

Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, a medical health officer for Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, said there continues to be increased transmission — especially variants of concern — within those communities that are experiencing outbreaks.

He said there have been almost 560 reported cases of variants of concern in total, 36 per cent of which are the delta variant.

“This is very concerning for us because the delta variant, as we know, is twice more transmissible than other variants of concern,” he told CBC Radio’s The Morning Edition.

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