Sask. reports 56 new COVID-19 cases as active cases surpass 500 – .

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Sask. reports 56 new COVID-19 cases as active cases surpass 500 – .


REGINA – The Government of Saskatchewan reported 56 new cases on Thursday, along with 48 recoveries and two more deaths.

The new cases have pushed the number of active cases above 500 for the first time since the end of June.

One deceased was in the 60-79 age group; the second person was in the 80 and over age group. As of August 5, 581 people in the province have died from COVID-19.

The new cases are in the extreme northwest (five), the extreme north of the center (two), the extreme northeast (two), the northwest (one), the central-north (two ), Saskatoon (17), Midwest (one), Regina (four), Southwest (two), South Central (two) and Southeast (15). Three new cases are awaiting information on residency

There are 53 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the province; 11 of these patients are in intensive care in the North Central (three), Saskatoon (four) and Regina (four) areas.

According to the province, the seven-day average of daily new cases is 51. There were 1,764 tests processed Wednesday.

VACCINATION

The province said healthcare workers have administered an additional 3,861 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since the last update. Of these doses, 2,899 were second injections and 962 were first vaccines.

As of Thursday, 1,422,820 total doses have been administered in the province and 658,751 people are fully immunized.

VARIANTS OF CONCERN

The government said a total of 12,372 cases of COVID-19 have been identified as variants of concern. Of these cases, 8,288 were subjected to whole genome sequencing; 7,079 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 766 are Delta (B.1.617.2), 433 are Gamma (P.1) and 10 are Beta (B.1.351).

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