Province reports one death related to COVID-19 Sunday

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Saskatchewan health officials reported one new death related to COVID-19 on Sunday.

The death was in the Central East zone and in the 60 to 69 age group.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 has risen to 495.

On Sunday there were 23 cases reported in North Central, which includes Prince Albert.

This was among a total of 249 cases reported in the province. Regina led the province with 59 cases reported.

Two cases not previously reported were added to the North Central total.

 North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 56 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 32 active cases and North Central 3 has 62 active cases.

There are currently 167 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province. Of the 128 reported as receiving in patient care, three are in North Central. Of the 39 people reported as being in intensive care, one is in North Central.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 236, or 19.3 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 41,599 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan 2,437 are considered active.

Another 253 recoveries were reported on Saturday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 38,667.

Since the start of the pandemic, 9,162 cases are from the North area (3,897 North West, 3,819 North Central and 1,446 North East).

There were 3,354 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on April 16. As of May 2, there have been 776,997 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 8,527 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 443,669.

There were 562 doses  administered in the North Central Zone reported on Saturday. Doses were also administered in the adjacent North East, North West, Far North East, Far North West, Central West, Central East, South West, South East, South Central, Regina and Saskatoon.

There were 311 doses administered with zone of residence information pending,

According to the province, 81 percent of residents over the age of 60 have received their first dose, 63 percent of those 40 plus have received their first dose and 42 per cent of those 18 plus have received their first dose.

131 variants of concern identified in North Central

There are now 131 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone as of May 1.

This was among 7,160 variants of concern identified by screening in Saskatchewan to date. Other regions with identified cases included Regina, Saskatoon, Far North East, Central West, Central East, South West, South Central and South East. There are currently 92 cases with area of residency pending.

There are now 24 variants identified in the adjacent North East zone.

Regina led the province with 3,837 identified VOCs.

These have previously been reported as “presumptive positives” but all screening test s will be considered confirmed VOCs for the purposes of public reporting and contact investigations.

There were no new lineage results reported today. Of the 2,522 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 2,491 are B. (UK), nine are B.1.351 (SA) and 22 are P.1. (Brazilian).

The Regina zone accounts for 1,657 (or 66 per cent) of the VOC cases with confirmed lineage reported in Saskatchewan.