COVID-19 in Sask.: 185 new cases, 2 deaths reported Saturday

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Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 on Friday. Children that age made up one-quarter of the new cases reported in Saskatchewan Saturday. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press - image credit)
Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11 on Friday. Children that age made up one-quarter of the new cases reported in Saskatchewan Saturday. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press - image credit)

Saskatchewan reported 185 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and two more deaths from the illness.

Of the 185 new cases, 117 were unvaccinated (63 per cent), 65 cases were vaccinated (35 per cent) and three were partially vaccinated, according to the latest update on the province's online dashboard.

A person is considered "unvaccinated" if they've had no vaccine shot, or it's been less than 21 days since their first shot, the province says.

One quarter of the new cases (47) were reported in children under 12 who, until Friday, could not be vaccinated. Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids aged five to 11 on Friday.

The new cases posted Saturday were in the following health zones:

  • Far northwest: six.

  • Far northeast: five.

  • Northwest: 29.

  • North central: 24.

  • Northeast: three.

  • Saskatoon: 34.

  • Central west: two.

  • Central east: 10.

  • Regina: 32.

  • Southwest: seven.

  • South central: three.

  • Southeast: 27.

Residence information for three new cases is pending.

Saskatchewan reported 1,167 active cases on Saturday, an increase of 65 from Friday.

COVID-19 in Saskatchewan by the numbers

There are 155 people in Saskatchewan hospitals with COVID-19, 107 of whom (69 per cent) are not fully vaccinated, the dashboard says.

The province reported 39 people are in Saskatchewan intensive care units with the illness and another nine are still being cared for in Ontario ICUs.

The two deaths reported Saturday bring Saskatchewan's total to 910.

COVID-19 deaths reported each month in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has often had the worst COVID-19 death rate among Canadian provinces, according to the Health Canada COVID-19 daily epidemiology update.

As of Friday, the province had a seven-day rate of 1.4 deaths per 100,000 people — the highest among the provinces, followed closely by Manitoba's 1.2 deaths per 100,000 population over the same period.

Manitoba now has the highest per capita case rate among provinces, with 73 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days. Saskatchewan has the second-highest rate, with 59 cases per 100,000 over that period.

Saskatchewan also reported Saturday that 2,477 more COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. Of those, 614 were first doses and 1,863 were second doses.

There have now been 883,654 first doses administered and 826,131 second doses, for a total of 1,709,785.

Percentage of eligible Saskatchewan residents by vaccine dose

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