Province reports 56 new cases, three deaths, 159 recoveries in Wednesday COVID update

Photo Courtesy of the Saskatchewan Health Authority Herb Bassett Home resident Muriel Sheldon was one of the first people in Prince Albert to recieve the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.

Saskatchewan health officials reported 56 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, along with three more deaths, 159 recoveries and 683 vaccine doses administered.

There are now 1,425 active cases across the province, with an average of 146 new cases reported daily over the past week.

The Saskatoon, Central East and North West zones reported one death each. Two of the patient who died after testing positive for the virus were at least 80 years of age or older. The other was in their 60s. No other details about the deceased were released.

The North Central Zone reported five new cases and 18 more recoveries bringing the active total to 97. That’s the sixth highest total in the province. The Regina Zone has the most cases with 412, followed by Saskatoon with 293 and the North West with 149.

None of the new North Central cases are in Prince Albert. There are now 18 active cases in the city.

North Central Zone 1 reported three new cases, putting their active total at 47. Zone 3 has two new cases, for an active total of 18.

North Central is one of three zones scheduled to receive vaccine shipments on Wednesday. The deliveries are part of the Pfizer shipment from the week of Feb. 22. There were no vaccines administered in North Central on Tuesday. More than 4,000 North Central residents have received their first and second dose.

The North West and South West zones are also receiving shipments. Deliveries to Saskatoon and Regina arrived earlier in the week. Health officials administered 318 vaccines in Saskatoon on Tuesday, and 289 in Regina.

The three far north regions reported a combined 22 new cases on Wednesday, 15 of which were in the Far North East. The Far North West reported five, and Far North Central reported two. The three regions also reported a combined 17 recoveries.

Health officials administered 43 vaccinations in the Far North West on Tuesday, and 33 in Far North Central.

There are now 117 active cases in the Far North West, 105 in the Far North East and 49 in Far North Central.

The North East Zone reported no new cases and six more recoveries on Wednesday. There are now 45 active cases in the area.

The South West Zone has the lowest number of active cases with four, followed by the South East with 22 and South Central with 23.

A total of 165 Saskatchewan residents are in hospital with COVID-19, 17 of which are receiving intensive care. One of those ICU patients is in the North Central Zone.

The province also assigned 18 cases that were previously reported without residency information. Eight of those cases were assigned to North Central, and one was assigned to the Far North East. The rest were from the North West or Regina zones.