13 cases of COVID-19 reported in North Central Monday

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There were 13 new cases of COVID-19 reported in North Central, which includes Prince Albert, on Monday.

This was among 205 cases reported overall in the province.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 33 active cases.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 37 active cases and North Central 3 has five active cases.

Regina reported the high in the province with 102 new cases.

There were no deaths reported in the province on Monday after deaths were reported on the weekend.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the province is currently 418.

There are currently 143 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 115 reported as receiving in patient care there are six in North Central. Of the 28 people reported as being in intensive care there are none in North Central.

The current seven-day average 159, or 13.0 cases per 100,000 population.

Of the 31,842 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,476 are considered active.

The recovered number now sits at 29,948 after 176 more recoveries were reported.

The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 31,842 of those 7,901 cases are from the North area (3,207 North West, 3,441 North Central and 1,253 North East).

There were 4,344 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered yesterday in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 139,827.

There were no doses administered in the North Central reported. Doses were also administered in the Far North West, Central East, South East, Saskatoon and Regina.

Regina outpaced the province with 3,118 vaccines delivered. Of the doses administered March 20, 2,362 were delivered at the Regina drive thru clinic. To date, this is the highest one-day total for vaccine delivery at the drive-thru location.

Residents 67 years and older are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination online or by phone.

After reporting a possible delay due to damaged thermal shippers on Sunday the province reported that on Monday PHAC determined four Pfizer thermal shippers, reported damaged over the weekend, are not damaged and the contained doses are safe. The 5,850 doses believed delayed will be delivered to Saskatchewan this week as scheduled.

As of March 19, 89,338 appointments have been booked using the new appointment systems: 65,791 online and 23,547 by telephone.

There were 2,814COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on March 16.

As of today there have been 630,461 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

No new confirmed variant cases reported Monday

There were no confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases reported on Sunday.

There are currently 156 confirmed variants of concern cases in Saskatchewan with 149 B1.1.1.7 (UK) and seven B1.351 (SA).

The Regina zone accounts for 141, or 90 per cent, of the confirmed VOC cases reported in Saskatchewan.

In addition to the confirmed cases, there are currently 748 presumptive VOC cases reported in the Far North East, Saskatoon, Central East, Regina, South Central and South East zones. Regina is reporting 640 presumptive VOC cases.

Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald