Province reports one new death related to COVID-19 on Wednesday

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

The death was reported in the North West zone and in the 70 to 79 age group.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 now sits at 565.

The province also reported one new case of COVID-19 in North Central, which includes Prince Albert, on Wednesday.

This was among a total of 32 cases reported in the province. Saskatoon led the province with 10 cases reported.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 37 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 31 active cases and North Central 3 has six active cases.

There are currently 75 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province. Of the 63 reported as receiving in patient care, nine are in North Central. Of the 12 people reported as being in intensive care, one is in North Central.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 61, or five cases per 100,000 population. Of the 48,537 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan 607 are considered active.

Another 64 recoveries were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 47,365.

Since the start of the pandemic, 10,709 cases are from the North area (4,643 North West, 4,468 North Central and 1,598 North East).

There were 1,807 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan  yesterday. As of June 23, there have been 905,867 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 18,423 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,023,698.

There were 776 doses administered in the North Central Zone reported on Thursday. 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 516 doses administered with zone of residence information pending,

According to the province, 80 per cent of residents over the age of 40 have received their first dose, 75 per cent of those 30 plus have received their first dose, 70 per cent of those 18 plus have received their first dose and 69 per cent of those 12 plus have received their first dose.

Saskatchewan has received a Moderna shipment of 86,660 doses for the week of June 21.

Starting tomorrow all Saskatchewan residents who have received their first dose of vaccine will now be eligible to receive their second dose following a 28 day interval.

Anyone previously eligible based on age and anyone who received their first dose on or before May 15 are now eligible for their second vaccine.Once eligible to receive your second dose, you are always eligible.

Second doses are also available in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District to all residents 18+, based on the product’s recommended interval from their first dose.

782 total variants of concern identified in North Central

There are now 782 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone as of June 23.

This was among 12,020 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 79 cases with area of residency pending.

There are now 79 variants identified in the adjacent North East zone.

Regina led the province with 4,782 identified VOCs.

There was one new lineage result reported today. Of the 6,904 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 6,476 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 10 are Beta (B.1.351), 293 are Gamma (P.1) and 125 are Delta (B.1.617.2).