1 death from COVID-19, 178 new cases in Saskatchewan; 35 other cases of presumptive variants

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 1 death from COVID-19, 178 new cases in Saskatchewan;  35 other cases of presumptive variants


REGINA – Saskatchewan reported one new death from COVID-19 and 178 new cases on Sunday as well as 164 recoveries, bringing the number of active cases to 1,447.
The person who died from COVID-19 was over 79 years old in the Regina area.

Of the new cases, nearly 60% were in the Regina area with 105. Other cases were located in Saskatoon (19), north-central (15), southeast (ten), north- west (eight), northeast (seven), Center-East (six), Center-South (three) and one case each in the Far-North-West, Far-North-East and Center-West zones. Two cases have residence information pending.

A total of 2,709 COVID-19 tests have been processed.

The seven-day average of new daily cases is 146, or 11.9 per 100,000.

There are 139 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 29 in intensive care.

35 MORE CASES OF PRESUMPTIVE VARIANT

The province said no new variant cases were confirmed on Sunday, but the number of suspected variant cases rose by 35 from Saturday to 625.

There are 156 confirmed cases of variant of concern in Saskatchewan, including 149 cases of variant B.1.1.7 originating in the United Kingdom and seven cases of variant B.1.351 first detected in South Africa. 90% of the province’s case variants are in Regina.

The Regina area also leads in suspected cases with 527, followed by the Center-South (40) and South-East (31) areas. Saskatoon has 18, while the Central East has eight and the Far North East has one.

NEARLY 6,000 VACCINE DOSES DELIVERED

Saskatchewan distributed 5,999 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, bringing the provincial total to 139,827.

Over 3,000 doses were administered in Regina, while Saskatoon had over 1,500.

According to the province, a damaged thermal charger will result in a reduction of 5,850 doses from the number of Pfizer vaccines expected this week, but more than 30,000 doses are still expected in the coming days. The Department of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority are working to minimize any impact.

Residents 67 and older can book their immunization appointments online or by phone, while a drive-through clinic in Regina is open to residents 59 and older.

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