Health officials reported 190 new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan on Wednesday, along with 96 recoveries and one death.
A patient in the 80-plus age category passed away in the North West Zone after testing positive for the virus. No other details were released.
The North Central region reported two new cases and two new recoveries, meaning the active case total remains unchanged at 80. That’s the third highest total in the province.
Prince Albert reported one of those new cases, bringing the city’s active total to 35. The other new case was in North Central Zone 3, which now has seven active cases. Zone 1 has 38.
The three far north regions reported a combined eight new cases, seven of which were in the Far North West. The other case came from the Far North East. There are now 23 active cases in the Far North West, 35 in the Far North East, and one in Far North Central.
The North East region, which includes Nipawin, Melfort and Tisdale, reported four new cases, all of which were in North East Zone 1. There are now 67 active cases in the entire area.
Regina continues to have the highest number of active cases in Saskatchewan with 844. They reported 116 new cases on Wednesday. There are 1,565 active cases in the province.
Saskatchewan’s seven-day case average rose to 173 on Wednesday. That’s the highest it’s been since Feb. 11.
A total of 147 people are in hospital with COVID-19, including 22 in intensive care. All but three of those ICU patients are in Saskatoon ore Regina.
As of March 23, 954 variants of concern (VOC) have been identified in Saskatchewan. Regina has reported 824 of those cases.
Healthcare workers administered 2,298 vaccine doses on Tuesday, bringing the province’s total number of doses administered to 151,507. There were 274 doses administered in the Far North West, 66 in the Far North East, and 101 in the North East. No doses were reported in North Central or Far North Central.
A 17,550 dose Pfizer shipment arrived in Saskatoon on Tuesday, along with a 15,210 dose of shipment in Regina. The province expects a 3,510 dose shipment to arrive in Yorkton by the end of Wednesday.
A 24,200 dose Moderna shipment is expected on Thursday.
The province has expanded vaccine appointment booking to include residents 65 years of age and older. Booking information is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-booking.
Provincial health data shows 62 per cent of long-term care home residents and 55 per cent of personal care home residents have received their first and second dose of vaccine. Roughly 36 per cent of care home staff have also received a second dose.
All public care home residents and 90 per cent of long-term care residents have received their first dose, as have 57 per cent of all staff.
As of Tuesday, 7,778 residents age residents in the 80-plus age category have received a second dose. That’s 15 per cent of the 80-plus population. Nearly 4,000 residents in their 70s have also received a second dose.