Sask. reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since reopening – .

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180 new cases of COVID-19, 2 deaths reported in Saskatchewan. – fr


REGINA – The Saskatchewan government reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the highest number since the province fully reopened on July 11.

The new cases are in the Far North-West (28); Far North Central (six); Far North-East (two); Northwest (five); Center-North (six); Northeast (one); Saskatoon (11); Center-East (two); Regina (six); Southwest (two); South Center (one) and Southeast (seven) zones. Location information is pending for three cases.

The province also recorded 53 healings and no additional deaths.

There are 479 active cases in Saskatchewan, which continue to be concentrated in the northern half of the province. Forty-five percent of active cases are found in the Far North areas and 13 percent of active cases are in the northern areas. Saskatoon accounts for 15 percent of active cases, while Regina accounts for 12 percent.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority issued warnings regarding increased COVID-19 activity in Lloydminster and Swift Current on Friday.

The province said 1,810 COVID-19 tests had been processed as of Friday. The seven-day average of new daily cases is 50.

There are 46 COVID-19 patients in the hospital; 11 are in intensive care in the center-north (one); Saskatoon (five); and Regina (five) zones.

VACCINATION

According to the province, healthcare workers have administered an additional 5,308 vaccines since the last update.

As of Saturday, 1,411,497 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, including 761,397 first doses and 650,100 second injections.

The SHA said Sunday was the last opportunity for children between the ages of 12 and 17 to receive their first dose if they wanted to be fully immunized before school started.

According to public health, children should get the vaccine before August 1, then wait at least 28 days to receive the second. The SHA noted that it takes about two weeks for the second dose to be fully effective.

VARIANTS OF CONCERN

The government said a total of 12,356 cases of COVID-19 have been identified as variants of concern. Of these cases, 8,050 were subjected to whole genome sequencing; 7,041 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 573 are Delta (B.1.617.2), 426 are Gamma (P.1) and 10 are Beta (B.1.351).

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