COVID-19: 18 new cases bring Sask. total to 249

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Saskatchewan announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 249, with an additional 12 recoveries.

With the 12 people who had recovered as of Sunday, 67 in total have now recovered.

Four are in hospital, with two receiving inpatient care in Saskatoon and one person each in the ICU in Saskatoon and Regina.

Of the 249 cases, 109 are people who travelled, 71 are from community contact including mass gatherings, 14 have no known exposure and 55 are still being investigated by local public health officials, according to a news release.

The provincial government addressed concerns around transmission from domestic livestock and pets.

While there is no evidence to date that either can be infected with or transmit the virus, neither has been ruled out. Anyone with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals and animals already in the household should remain in isolation with the patient, the release said.