Province reports 3 more deaths linked to COVID, including patient in North Central

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Three more patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, according to the provincial COVID update released on Saturday.

All three deaths occurred in the north or far north areas. They include a patient in their 50s from the North Central Zone, a patient in their 60s from the Far North East, and a patient at least 80 years of age or older in the Far North West.

A total of 250 Saskatchewan residents have died after testing positive for COVID-19, 32 of which were in the North Central area.

The 80 and over age group has the highest number of deaths with 140, followed by patients in their 60s and 70s with a combined 83. There have been 15 patients in their 40s and 50s who died after testing positive for the virus, and 12 in their 20s and 30s.

Health officials reported 274 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, 19 of which occurred in the North Central region. There are now 287 active cases in the area. That’s the fifth highest total in the province.

Prince Albert reported seven new cases, while North Central Zone 1 reported four and North Central Zone 3 reported eight. There are now 136 active cases in Prince Albert, 54 in Zone 1, and 97 in Zone 3.

The three far north regions reported a combined 76 new cases, most of which were in the Far North West. That area reported 50 on Saturday, while the Far North East reported 16 and Far North Central reported 10.

There are now 301 active cases in the Far North West. That’s the fourth highest total in the province. The Far North East has 183 and Far North Central has 79.

The North East Zone reported 16 new cases on Saturday, 15 of which were in North East Zone 1. The only other case came in Zone 3. There are now 197 active cases in the North East area.

As of Saturday, the Saskatoon Zone has the highest number of active cases with 771, followed by Regina with 439 and North West with 437. Saskatchewan has 3,161 active cases in total. Another 18,506 individuals who tested positive for the virus have recovered.

There are 197 patients in hospital with COVID-19, 35 of which are in intensive care. North Central has four COVID patient in ICU.

Healthcare workers processed 3,252 COVID-19 tests on Friday.

Saskatchewan’s seven-day average for new cases is 276.

Healthcare workers administered 1,110 vaccine doses on Friday, nine of which were in North Central. The North West Zone administered the highest number of doses with 449, followed by the Central East Zone with 320. Far North Central reported nine doses administered, and the North East reported 56.

Nearly 30,000 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,416 have received their second.