Province reports 81 new cases, 98 recoveries, one death in Friday COVID update

The Saskatchewan Legislature. -- Herald File Photo

Provincial health officials reported 81 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, along with 98 recoveries and one more death.

A patient in the 80-plus age category died in the Saskatoon Zone. The province did not release any other details about the case.

Healthcare workers administered another 15,212 vaccine doses, including 987 in North Central, 188 in the Far North West, 414 in the Far North East, 710 in the North East, and 12 in Far North Central. Roughly 68 per cent of all Saskatchewan residents have received their first vaccine dose.

More than 178,000 Saskatchewan residents are fully vaccinated. That total includes 12,930 residents in North Central.

The North Central Zone reported seven new cases and 13 recoveries, bringing the area’s active case total to 82. Prince Albert reported four new cases, while North Central Zone 1 reported three. There were no new cases in Zone 3.

Prince Albert now has 40 active cases. Zone 1 has 33 and Zone 3 has nine.

The Far North East reported four new cases, and had another nine assigned to the region from residents who tested positive outside the province. There were also nine recoveries in the area, bringing the total number of active cases to 42.

The Far North West reported three new cases, with one more assigned from a resident who tested positive outside Saskatchewan. There were also two more recoveries in the area, putting the active case total at 42.

Far North Central continues to have no active cases.

The North East reported three new cases and three more recoveries. An out of province case was also added to the area’s total. It now has 33 active cases.

Saskatchewan has reported an average of 78 new cases per day over the past week. That’s the lowest reported total since Nov. 5.

There are now 899 active cases across Saskatchewan. The Saskatoon Zone has the highest total with 228, followed by the Regina Zone with 139, and the North West with 120.

There are 104 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 17 of which are in intensive care. Four of those ICU patients are in North Central.