COVID-19 in Saskatchewan: 2 weeks after Christmas, province reports 4th highest increase in cases to date

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Two weeks after Christmas Day, Saskatchewan reports 336 new cases of COVID-19 – the fourth highest daily increase in cases in the province since the pandemic began in March.
Friday was also the second day in a row that authorities recorded more than 300 new cases, confirming epidemiologists’ fears of a post-holiday crisis, although the two-week window after New Year’s Eve ends. either yet to come.

Health officials also announced seven more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the pandemic in the province to 184.

The deaths reported on Friday were:

  • A person aged 80 or over in the North Central region.
  • Four people from the Regina area, including one 60 to 69, two 70 to 79, and one 80 and over.
  • Two people in the south-eastern zone: one in the 30-39 age group and one in the 80 and over age group.

The province’s seven-day average of new daily cases is 262, or 21.6 new cases per 100,000 population.

Just over 3,100 tests were processed Thursday, compared to 2,548 on Wednesday.

(Government of Saskatchewan)

Vaccine update

To date, 6,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province.

The last 24 hours have seen the largest vaccine delivery to date, according to the Minister of Health: 1,200 doses.

Doses were administered to Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and the far northwest area.

The province’s vaccine deployment plan has designated frontline healthcare workers, residents and staff in private and public nursing homes, people aged 80 and over, and residents of northern Saskatchewan to priority vaccination.

(CBC News Graphics)

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