Province reports one death related to COVID-19 Tuesday

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

The death was in the Central East zone and in the 70 to 79 age group.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 has risen to 540.

On Tuesday there were 17 cases reported in North Central, which includes Prince Albert.

This was among a total of 86 cases reported in the province. Saskatoon led the province with 26 cases reported.

Two cases with pending residence information were added to the North Central total.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 54 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 55 active cases and North Central 3 has 25 active cases.

There are currently 108 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province. Of the 85 reported as receiving in patient care, five are in North Central. Of the  23 people reported as being in intensive care, four are in North Central.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 134, or 11 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 46,834 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan 1,272 are considered active.

Another 181 recoveries were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 45,022.

Since the start of the pandemic, 10,282 cases are from the North area (4,435 North West, 4,301 North Central and 1,546 North East).

There were 1,719 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan  yesterday. As of June 1, there have been 863,005 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 5,304 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 730,952.

There were 435 doses administered in the North Central Zone reported on Monday. 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 121 doses administered with zone of residence information pending,

According to the province, 77 percent of residents over the age of 40 have received their first dose, 71 percent of those 30 plus have received their first dose and 66 per cent of those 18 plus have received their first dose.

473 total variants of concern identified in North Central

There are now 473 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone as of May 31.

This was among 10,774 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 66 cases with area of residency pending.

There are now 59 variants identified in the adjacent North East zone.

Regina led the province with 4,658 identified VOCs.

There were no new lineage results reported today. Of the 5,713 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 5,529 are B. (UK), 10 are B.1.351 (SA) and 144 are P.1. (Brazilian) and 30 are B.1.617 (Indian).