Province reports 336 new COVID cases, 7 new deaths

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160 doses of Pfizer vaccine administered in Prince Albert

Health officials reported on Friday that another seven Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, including one in North Central.

The patient was at least 80 years of age or older. No other details were released.

The South East Zone reported two deaths, one of which involved a patient in their 30s. The other four deaths were reported in Regina.

The province reported 336 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with 223 recoveries. There are now 3,053 active cases across Saskatchewan.

North Central reported 41 new cases on Friday, the fifth highest total in the province. Saskatoon had the most new cases with 57, followed by Regina with 56. Another 21 cases with pending residency information were assigned to North Central.

The three far north regions reported a combined 76 new cases on Friday. Far North East reported the highest total with 51, followed by Far North West with 20 and Far North Central with four.

The North East region, which includes Nipawin, Melfort and Tisdale, reported three new cases. That’s the second lowest total in the entire province. Only the South West Zone reported less.

There are 154 people receiving inpatient care due to the virus, including 30 in North Central. There are 180 COVID patients in hospital in total.

As of Jan. 8, healthcare workers have administered 6,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 160 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in Prince Albert and 344 doses of the Moderna vaccine in the Far North West. In Regina, 2,069 patients have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 815 received their second. In Saskatoon, 2,627 patients have received the vaccine.

Nearly 1,200 vaccines were delivered in the last 24 hours. The government says this is the largest number of vaccines administered in one day so far.