Two deaths related to COVID-19 reported Friday

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Saskatchewan health officials reported two new deaths related to COVID-19 on Friday.

One was in the Saskatoon zone in the 70 to 79 age group and the second was in the North West zone and in the 80 plus age group

The number of deaths in Saskatchewan related to COVID-19 has risen to 536.

The province also reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 in North Central, which includes Prince Albert, on Friday.

In the province there was a total of 122 new cases reported. Saskatoon led the province with 38 new cases reported.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 47 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 61 active cases and North Central 3 has 32 active cases.

There are currently 113 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province, the lowest since November 28, 2020. Of the 87 reported as receiving in patient care, there are five in North Central. Of the 26 people reported as being in intensive care, there are five in North Central.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 129, or 10.6 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 46,285 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,371 are considered active.

Another 131 recoveries were reported on Friday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 44,378.

Since the start of the pandemic, 10,161 cases are from the North area (4,387 North West, 4,239 North Central and 1,535 North East).

There were 2,726 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on May 27.

As of today there have been 854,364 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 14,351doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 693,625.

There were 772 doses administered in the North Central zone reported on Friday. Doses were also administered in the adjacent North East, North West, Far North Central, Far North East, Far North Central, Central West, Central East, South Central, South East, South West, Regina and Saskatoon.

There were 276 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

According to the province, 76 per cent of residents over the age of 40, 70 per cent of those 30 plus and 64 per cent of those 18 plus have received their first dose.

The province noted Friday that they have a confirmed Moderna allocation for the weeks of May 31 (12,400 doses) and June 7 (3,000 doses).

419 total variants of concern identified in North Central

There are now 419 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone, as of May 27.

This was among 10,399 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 63 cases with area of residency pending.

There are now 56 VOCs identified in the adjacent North East.

Regina led the province with 4,603 identified VOCs.

There were two 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), 144 are P.1. (Brazilian) and 30 are B.1.617 (Indian).

The B.1.617 (Indian) has been identified in North Central.