One death related to COVID-19 reported Friday

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Saskatchewan health officials reported one death related to COVID-19 on Friday.

The death was in the 70 to 79 age group and located in the South West.

The number of deaths in Saskatchewan related to COVID-19 has risen to 502.

On Friday there were 17 new cases reported in North Central, which includes Prince Albert.

In the province there was a total of 295 new cases reported. Saskatoon led the province with 98 new cases reported.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 76 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 25 active cases and North Central 3 has 71 active cases.

One case from out of province has been added to North Central.

There are currently 174 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province. Of the 136 reported as receiving in patient care, there are three in North Central. Of the 38 people reported as being in intensive care, there are two in North Central.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 221, or 18.0 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 42,695 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 2,239 are considered active.

Another 237 recoveries were reported on Friday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 39,954.

Since the start of the pandemic, 9,422 cases are from the North area (4,016 North West, 3,924 North Central and 1,482 North East).

There were 3,652 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on May 6.

As of today there have been 793,271 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 10,530 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 491,440.

There were 800 doses administered in the North Central Zone reported on Friday. Doses were also administered in the adjacent North East, North West, Far North Central, Far North East, Far North Central, Central West, Central East, South Central, South East, South West, Regina and Saskatoon.

There were 374 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

According to the province, 69 per cent of residents over the age of 40, 56 per cent of those 30 plus and 40 per cent of those 18 plus have received their first dose.

The province also advised that next week’s scheduled Moderna shipment of 31,000 doses has arrived early. Shipments totalling 30,200 doses arrived in Saskatchewan on Thursday, with the remaining 800 doses expected to arrive Friday. They are now being distributed to vaccination clinics, First Nations and participating pharmacies province-wide.

190 variants of concern identified in North Central

There are now 199 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone, as of May 6.

This was among 7,905 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 115 cases with area of residency pending.

There are now 43 VOCs identified in the adjacent North East.

Regina led the province with 3,878 identified VOCs.

There were 27 new lineage results reported today. Of the 3,031 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 2,986 are B. (UK), nine are B.1.351 (SA) and 36 are P.1. (Brazilian).

59 active cases of COVID-19 in youth in North Central

On Thursday the province released the updated numbers on COVID-19 cases in youth. The total active cases in youth provincially in all locations are 706, 11 have no known location and 695 have a location reported.

The province releases the update on the numbers each Thursday.

Currently in the North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, there are 59 active cases in youth. Last week there were 380 tests performed across the North Central zone.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 23 active cases in youth.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has nine active cases and North Central 3 has 27 active cases.

Cumulative tests performed since Sept. 7, 2020 in the North Central zone is 7,703.

Provincially there is an 8.5 per cent test positivity rate in youth.

There were 5,396 tests performed in total in the province in the last week.

The cumulative number of tests performed since Sept. 7, 2020 is 112,512.