COVID-19: Sask. government says it underestimates hospitalizations


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“Validation processes are in place to report a full census of patients hospitalized, including intensive care, due to COVID-19. The Department of Health is currently reviewing how these cases are reported in other Canadian jurisdictions. ”

The government said the Saskatchewan Health Authority is working to incorporate these missing numbers into previous reports and will add a note to the provincial scorecard when that is complete.

The province reported that COVID-19 killed four more in Saskatchewan on Christmas Eve, bringing Saskatchewan’s death toll to 134.

Two of the deceased were from the Regina area and two from the northwest. Three were 80 years old and one inhabitant of the northwest was 70 years old.

The province also reported 154 new cases and 655 recoveries, bringing the number of known active cases to 3,346 as of December 24. The province will release its next update on December 27. January 28 or 1.

The government has advised COVID-19 driving test sites will have reduced hours for the holiday season. Testing sites in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert will be closed on Christmas Day and January 1. The Prince Albert site will also be closed on Boxing Day. The Yorkton site will remain open during the holidays. Full hours for each site are available on the Saskatchewan Health Authority website.

Starting January 2, the SHA will extend drive-thru testing hours in Saskatoon from noon to 7:15 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. The Regina site will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.


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