COVID-19: Sask. reports 87 cases, one death, 4096 vaccines delivered

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 COVID-19: Sask.  reports 87 cases, one death, 4096 vaccines delivered


This week, some Saskatchewan schools returned to online learning due to cases involving variants of COVID-19.

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The union representing Saskatchewan teachers is calling for restrictions to remain in place as variants of the COVID-19 virus spread to schools across the province.

Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation president Patrick Maze urged the provincial government to rethink easing restrictions in a press release on Wednesday.

He then called for the deployment of rapid test kits, noting that around 400,000 units had been available since early February.

“These tests could have been used to fully understand the workload in schools, the emergence of variants and the slowing down of the spread of the community,” Maze said. “Instead, we’re heading into a third wave and students are seeing their education cut short again.”

This week, approximately 1,000 Yorkton and Melville students have switched to e-learning due to variation cases. Saskatoon public schools have also confirmed its first probable infections involving variants of COVID-19 at Willowgrove School. Affected classes were reportedly isolated, while other classes in the school continued as planned.

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Lawson Heights School in Saskatoon was also announced Tuesday night as switching to e-learning, following two more cases confirmed in an ongoing outbreak first reported on March 14. There was no indication whether the outbreak involved variations. In-person learning is scheduled to resume on April 12.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education told Postmedia News that school divisions have been urged to review the rapid screening plan and work with local medical officers of health to implement it.

Province reports no new variant cases, one death, 4,096 vaccines delivered

Saskatchewan did not see any new cases of COVID-19 variants reported on Wednesday.

The province noted that a previously reported case of the UK variant of the virus was a duplicate and, as such, was in the process of being removed from the total. Removing the duplicate case brings the provincial tally to 135 confirmed cases of infection involving variants of concern. Of that number, 121 cases were found in the Regina area.

The provincial government’s daily press release on Wednesday noted that the only reported death was a person in the Northwest Zone who was in the over 80 age group. This brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 recorded in the province to 410. The province reported that as of Wednesday, 139 infected people were in hospitals in Saskatchewan, with 108 receiving hospital care and 31 in intensive care.

The province reported 87 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as 2,597 tests that were reportedly administered on March 16.

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Twenty-seven of the new infections were reported in Regina, including 20 in Saskatoon. The far northwest recorded two cases, the northwest five cases, while the north-central area recorded one new case. The Center-East zone had seven cases while the South-West, Center-South and South-East zones had one, two and five new cases respectively. Five of the six cases pending residence information were attributed to the North Central area, with the remainder of the case attributed to Regina. Four of the new cases reported on Wednesday had not yet been assigned to an area.

The vaccine rollout in the province continued, with 4,096 doses administered, bringing the total number of doses administered in Saskatchewan to 112,764. Of the doses reported Wednesday, 2,392 were in Regina.

People over the age of 70 have been asked to use the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s vaccine reservation system to make an appointment if they haven’t already. In the meantime, the province has indicated that the reservation process will be made available to those under 70s earlier than expected.

People aged 50 to 69 in the northern administrative district of the province have been told they can now make immunization appointments by phone at 1-833-727-5829 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. District residents over 70 can book online or by phone.

In Regina, the Lewvan Drive and 11th Avenue drive-thru vaccination clinic is accessible to people aged 60 to 64 on a first come, first served basis.

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Federal Government and Prime Minister’s Office Explain Comments on Moderna Deliveries

Premier Scott Moe said on Tuesday that Moderna vaccines due to arrive in Saskatchewan in the week starting March 22 were split into two batches, with 30% of the expected doses arriving that week and the remaining 70% due to arrive within the week of March. 30.

The prime minister said anyone who needs to reschedule a vaccine appointment as a result will be notified.

Moe’s comments prompted Federal Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand to post on Twitter that “Canada will receive the 846,000 doses of Moderna next week – there is no reduction.

Emails and phone conversations on Wednesday with spokespersons for the Prime Minister and the Department of Public Services and Procurement indicate that the statements by the two politicians were technically correct.

Moe was speaking based on information from the Vaccine Deployment Working Group, which oversees distribution to provinces after doses arrive in Canada. According to this information, Saskatchewan can expect shipments of Moderna on March 24 and 30, with 70 percent of the total doses expected in the second batch.

Procurement oversees the flow of vaccines into Canada from international suppliers. A spokesperson said the planned total delivery of 846,000 doses of Moderna was on track to arrive in Canada during the week of March 22-29.

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