Province reports 3 new deaths, 287 new cases and 3,232 new doses administered in Sunday COVID update

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Health officials reported that three more patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, including one patient in the North Central region and one in the Far North West, in Sunday’s COVID update.

The North Central patient was at least 80 years of age or older. The Far North West patient was in their 60s. The other death occurred in Regina. No other details were released. A total of 215 Saskatchewan residents have died after testing positive for the virus.

The province reported 287 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 23 in North Central. Saskatoon reported the highest number of new cases with 94, followed by Regina with 37.

Prince Albert reported 13 new cases, bringing the total number of active cases in the city to 301. North Central Zone 1 has three new cases, bringing their active total to 139, while North Central Zone 3 has seven new cases, bringing their active total to 163.

Another 72 North Central patients have recovered from the virus. There are now 603 active cases in the region. That’s the second highest total in the province. The Saskatoon Zone leads the way with 921 active cases. The Regina Zone is third with 580.

The three far north regions combined for 45 new cases, 34 of which were in the Far North West. The Far North East reported 10 new cases, while Far North Central reported one. There are now 264 active cases in the Far North West, 365 in the Far North East, and 63 in Far North Central. The Far North East total includes three cases that were reported before Sunday, but were not assigned to the region because they lacked residency information.

The North East, which includes Nipawin, Tisdale and Melfort, reported 33 new cases on Sunday, 32 of which were in North East Zone 1. The other case was in North East Zone 2. There are now 227 active cases in the North East region.

Healthcare workers processed 2,332 COVID-19 tests on Jan. 16, bringing the provincial total to 470,793.

There are 203 patients in hospital with the virus, 33 of which are receiving intensive care.

Healthcare workers administered 3,232 vaccine doses on Saturday–the highest one-day total to date–with 749 of them administered in North Central. Another 77 were administered in the Far North West and 42 were administered in the Far North East. Data for the last two days of vaccinations in Far North Central was not available.

Shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine continue across the province, with another 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine sent to North Battleford. Clinics will begin to administer it to priority healthcare workers on Monday.

On Tuesday, residents and staff at long-term care homes in North Battleford, Wilkie and Lloyminster will also receive the vaccine.

More than 20,000 doses have been administered since the start of the vaccine rollout.