One death related to COVID-19 reported Monday

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

There were 97 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Monday.

The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported 10 new cases.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 40 active cases.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 41 active cases and North Central 3 has 22 active cases.
There are currently 140 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 117 reported as receiving in patient care there are eight in North Central. Of the 23 people reported as being in intensive care there is one in North Central.

The current seven-day average 144, or 11.7 cases per 100,000 population.

Of the 29,806 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,463 are considered active.

The recovered number now sits at 27,944 after 151 more recoveries were reported.

The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 29,593 of those 7,570 cases are from the North area (3,075 North West, 3,327 North Central and 1,168 North East).

There were 892 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered yesterday in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 92,776.

There were 528 doses administered in the North Central reported, the most of any zone reporting. Doses were also administered in the Central East, North West, South East, Saskatoon and Regina.

There were 2,744 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on March 5.

As of today there have been 594,116 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

Three more variant of concern cases reported by province

As of Monday the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL) is reporting an additional three confirmed cases of the B1.1.7 UK variant of concern. There are two in the Regina zone and one in the North West zone, including the confirmation of the presumptive positive case reported Feb. 23.

The new total is nine variants of concern cases to nine with eight B1.1.7 UK and one B1.351 SA (South Africa).

“In order to monitor for variants of concern, the RRPL will continue to focus whole genome sequencing testing on COVID positive results linked to international travel, declared outbreaks and cases of unexpected severe illness, as well as a random sampling of confirmed cases. The province will continue to send up to 120 samples per week to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg to ensure a larger sample size,” the release from the province said.

The release added that all residents with a confirmed COVID-19 test are required to isolate to reduce the risk of transmission. If required, public health will issue a public service announcement to alert the general public to any risk due to any confirmed case of a variant of concern.

They explained that the Government of Saskatchewan continues to plan for the impact of variants on COVID-19 including any required increase to public health measures and surge capacity planning.

“The best protection against all COVID-19 variants remains the same as protection against COVID-19: stay home, physically distance, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask and get tested if you are experiencing even mild symptoms.”