North Central reports 16 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday

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Saskatchewan health officials reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 in North Central on Friday.

This was among a total of 187 cases reported in the province.

Saskatoon led the province with 37 new cases.

Of the 52,252 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,478 are considered active.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 107 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 61 active case and North Central 3 has 14 active cases.

Five cases with pending residence information were also added to North Central.

According to the province, 35.8 per cent of new cases are in the 20 to 39 years age category.

There were no new deaths were reported Saturday. The number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at 586.

There are currently 89 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province, 41 of which are not fully vaccinated. There are currently 74 patients receiving in patient care and 15 in intensive care.North Central has 21 patients in hospital.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 155, or 12.9 cases per 100,000 population.

Another 90 recoveries were reported on Friday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 50,188.

Since the start of the pandemic, 11,523 cases are from the North area (4,908 North West, 4,843 North Central and 1,772 North East).

There were 2,307 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Friday. As of August 21, there have been 997,669 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 4,046 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,458,806.

There were 334 doses administered in the North Central Zone reported on Thursday. Doses were also administered in the adjacent North East, North West, Far North East, Far North West, Central West, Central East, South West, South East, South Central, Regina and Saskatoon.

According to the province 45,160 people in North Central are fully vaccinated.

664 total variants of concern identified in North Central

There are 663 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone as of August 21.

This was among 12,430 variants of concern identified by screening in Saskatchewan to date. Other regions with identified cases included Regina, Saskatoon, Far North East, Central West, Central East, South West, South Central and South East. There are currently 76 cases with area of residency pending.

There are 86 variants identified in the adjacent North East zone.

Regina led the province with 4,834 identified VOCs.

Of the 8,784 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 7,099 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 10 are Beta (B.1.351), 451 are Gamma (P.1) and 1,224 are Delta (B.1.617.2).