One death related to COVID-19 reported Monday

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

The death was in the 60 to 69 age group and located in the Regina zone.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 has risen to 455.

On Monday there were nine cases reported in North Central, which includes Prince Albert.

This was among a total of 300 cases reported in the province. Regina led the province with 96 new cases reported.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 26 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 21 active cases and North Central 3 has 10 active cases.

There are currently 198 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province. Of the 157 reported as receiving in patient care, there are seven in North Central. Of the 41 people reported as being in intensive care, there are three in North Central.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 261, or 21.3 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 36,604 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 2,549 are considered active. Another 253 were reported on Monday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 33,600.

Since the start of the pandemic, 8,396 cases are from the North area (3,442 North West, 3,577 North Central and 1,377 North East).

There were 3,093 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on April 8.

As of today there have been 707,648 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 8,856 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 290,921.

There were 332 doses administered in the North Central Zone reported on Friday. Doses were also administered in the adjacent North East, North West, Far North West, Far North East, Central East, Central West, South Central, South East, South West, South Central, Regina and Saskatoon.

There were 219 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

Effective Friday, April 9, Saskatchewan’s vaccine booking system eligibility is expanded to all individuals 55 years of age and older. Eligible residents ages 55 plus can book their appointment online or by phone.

According to the province, 52 per cent of residents age 50 plus have received their first dose.

39 variants of concern identified in North Central

There are now 39 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, as of April 12.

This was among 3,485 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 21 cases with area of residency pending.

There were also three variants identified in the adjacent North East zone.

Regina led the province with 2,423 identified VOCs.

These have previously been reported as “presumptive positives” but all screening tests will be considered confirmed VOCs for the purposes of public reporting and contact investigations.

There were no new lineage results reported today. Of the 1,435 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 1,426 are B1.1.1.7 (UK) and nine are B1.351 (SA).

The Regina zone accounts for 1,131 (79 per cent) of the VOC cases with confirmed lineage reported in Saskatchewan.