Health authorities report 153 new COVID cases, 120 recoveries and one death

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Health authorities reported 153 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, along with 120 more recoveries and one death.

A patient in their 70s died in the Saskatoon Zone after testing positive for COVID-19. No other details were released.

The North Central region reported four new cases on Saturday, along with six more recoveries. There are now 108 active cases in the area. That’s tied for the fourth highest total in Saskatchewan.

Prince Albert reported three of those new cases, bringing the city’s active total to 44. The other new case was in North Central Zone 3, which now has 15 active cases. North Central Zone 1 reported no new cases. They have 49 active.

The three far north regions combined for 15 new active cases on Saturday, eight of which were in the Far North East. Another five were in Far North Central, and the remaining two were in the Far North West.

There are now 108 active cases in the Far North East, 79 in the Far North West, and 10 in Far North Central.

The North East Zone, which includes Nipawin, Tisdale and Melfort, reported seven new cases on Saturday, all of which were in North East Zone 1. There are now 41 active cases in Zone 1, three in Zone 2, and one in Zone 3.

The Regina region continues to have the highest number of active cases with 499, followed by the Saskatoon region with 284. The Central West Zone has the lowest number of cases with eight, followed by Far North Central with 10, and the South West with 17.

There are currently 133 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 30 patients in intensive care. One of those ICU patients is in the North Central Zone.

Saskatchewan’s seven day average for new cases sits at 133. That’s the lowest seven day average of 2021.

Researchers processed 2,859 COVID tests on Friday. More than 608,000 tests have been processed to date.

The province says it’s concerned about increasing community transmissions of COVID variants in Regina. Public health officials have asked residents in the City to re-commit to prevention practices like wearing a mask in public, maintaining physical distancing, working from home, washing hands frequently, and avoiding all unnecessary travel. They also advised Regina residents over the age of 50 against increasing their bubble to include other households.

 The SHA says many outbreaks in Regina have been traced back to people going to work and visiting public places while symptomatic. They advised anyone with COVID-like symptoms to stay home and arrange for a test.