Two deaths related to COVID-19 reported Monday

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

One death was in the 80 plus age group in the South Central zone, the other was in the 50 to 59 age group in the South East zone.

The number of deaths in Saskatchewan related to COVID-19 has risen to 518.

On Monday there were five new cases reported in North Central, which includes Prince Albert.

In the province there was a total of 176 new cases reported. Saskatoon led the province with 55 new cases reported.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 65 active cases. North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 41 active cases and North Central 3 has 46 active cases.

There are currently 142 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the province. Of the 115 reported as receiving in patient care, there are three in North Central. Of the 27 people reported as being in intensive care, there is one in North Central.

The current seven-day average for new cases is 195, or 15.9 cases per 100,000 population. Of the 44,709 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,965 are considered active.

Another 293 recoveries were reported on Saturday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 42,225.

Since the start of the pandemic, 9,812 cases are from the North area (4,216 North West, 4,083 North Central and 1,513 North East)

There were 2,568 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on May 16.

As of today there have been 825,133 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

There were 12,173 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 603,125.

According to the province over the past three days, Saskatchewan has administered nearly 50,000 vaccines, accounting for close to 10 per cent of all vaccinations delivered during Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccine delivery.

There were 493 doses administered in the North Central zone reported on Sunday. 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 428 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

According to the province, 74 per cent of residents over the age of 40, 67 per cent of those 30 plus and 59 per cent of those 18 plus have received their first dose.

Eligibility in the provincial age-based immunization program is currently age 20 and older. It remains age 18 and older for the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District. This applies to all immunization clinics: booked appointments, drive-thru/walk-ins, pharmacies and mobile clinics.

283 variants of concern identified in North Central

There are now 283 confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases identified by the province in the North Central zone, as of May 16.

This was among 9,343 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 143 cases with area of residency pending.

There are now 55 VOCs identified in the adjacent North East.

Regina led the province with 4,392 identified VOCs.

There were zero new lineage results reported today. Of the 4,443 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 4,341 are B. (UK), 10 are B.1.351 (SA), 87 are P.1. (Brazilian) and five are B.1.617 (Indian).

The B.1.617 (Indian) was identified in North Central on Friday.