Province reports 269 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

The Saskatchewan Legislature. -- Herald File Photo

Health officials reported 269 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, along with 215 more recoveries and no new deaths.

The province also reported more than 13,000 vaccine doses administered on Friday, 286 of which were in North Central. Roughly 49 per cent of all adults in the province have now received their first dose.

Saskatchewan expects to receive 63,180 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week. Prince Albert will receive 1,170 doses, while Indigenous Services Canada north will receive 2,340, and the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority will receive 3,510. Deliveries should be completed by May 12.

The North Central Zone reported 23 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, seven of which were in Prince Albert. North Central Zone 1 reported four new cases, while Zone 3 reported 12. There are now 84 active cases in Prince Albert, 28 in Zone 1, and 80 in Zone 3.

The Far North West reported 11 new cases on Saturday. Those were the only new cases reported in the entire far north. There are now 93 active cases in the Far North West, eight in the Far North East, and none in Far North Central.

Far North Central has the lowest number of active cases in the province. The Far North East has the second lowest.

The North East Zone, which includes Nipawin, Melfort and Tisdale, reported three new cases and three more recoveries, meaning their active cases total remains unchanged at 52.

The Regina Zone has the highest number of active cases in the province with 580, followed by the Saskatoon Zone with 520, and the South East Zone with 227. Saskatchewan has 2,293 active cases total.

Saskatoon reported the highest number of new cases on Saturday with 73, followed by Regina with 51 and the South East with 31.

Saskatchewan has reported an average of 222 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week. Last Saturday, the province’s average was 241 new cases over the past week.

Health officials report 168 patients in hospital with COVID-19, including three in North Central. All three of those North Central patients are in intensive care. Saskatchewan has 42 COVID-19 patients currently in the ICU.

Health officials also reported 83 new lineage results on Saturday. Of the 3,114 variants of concern (VOCs) with lineages identified by genome sequencing, 3,064 are the UK variety.

The SHA has advised residents to make virtual plans for Mother’s Day, instead of having in-person gatherings. Residents are asked to make phone or video calls instead. Residents who do meet in person are advised to do so outside instead of indoors. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.