Province reports 116 new cases, 222 recoveries, one death in Sunday COVID update

The Saskatchewan Legislature. -- Herald File Photo

Health officials reported 116 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, along with 222 recoveries and one new death.

A person in the 80-plus age category passed away in the South East Zone after testing positive for COVID-19. No other details about the case were released.

Healthcare workers administered 11,004 vaccine doses on Saturday, 751 of which were in North Central. Roughly 63 per cent of Saskatchewan adults have received their first dose.

A total of 57,279 Saskatchewan residents are fully vaccinated, including 5,773 in North Central.

Second doses are available open to anyone at least 85-years-old and older, provided they received their first dose before Feb. 15. Eligibility for second doses expands to residents at last 80-years-old and older on May 24. Residents must have received their first dose on or before March 1 to be eligible.

North Central reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, along with 12 more recoveries. One additional case previously been announced without residency data was also assigned to North Central. There are now 151 active cases in the area.

Prince Albert reported seven of the areas new cases. North Central Zone 1 reported one new case, while North Central Zone 3 reported 3.

There are now 74 active cases in Prince Albert, along with 38 in Zone 1 and 39 in Zone 3.

The three far north regions reported a combined eight new cases on Sunday, seven of which came from the Far North West. There were also seven more recoveries in the area, meaning North West’s active case total remains unchanged at 41.

The other new case came from the Far North East. That area also reported nine more recoveries, dropping their active case total to 21.

Far North Central reported no new cases and no new recoveries. There continues to be only one active case in the area.

The North East, which includes Melfort, Tisdale and Nipawin, reported no new cases and six more recoveries. There are now 23 active cases in the area.

As of Sunday, May 23, Saskatchewan has 1,662 active COVID-19 cases. That’s the lowest total since March 25, when there were 1,623 active cases.

The Saskatoon Zone has the highest number of active cases with 494, followed by the Regina Zone with 272 and the North West Zone with 178.

Far North Central has the fewest number of active cases in the province with one, followed by the Far North East with 21, the North East with 23, and Central East with 29.

There are 124 COVID-19 patients in hospital, including 27 receiving intensive care. Two of those ICU patients are in North Central.

Saskatchewan has reported an average of 152 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week. That’s down from the seven day average of 192 reported one week ago.