The province of Saskatchewan reported three deaths related to COVID-19 on Friday including one in the North Central zone.
The death in the North Central was in the 80-years-old and over age group.
There was also a death in the adjacent North East zone, which includes communities such as Melfort, Tisdale and Nipawin, in the 60 to 69 age group.
The third death was in the 70 to 79 age group in the Far North West zone.
The number of deaths in the province has grown to 332.
There were 269 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Tuesday.
The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported 21 new cases.
North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 93 active cases.
North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 46 active cases and North Central 3 has 48 active cases.
Three cases were found to be duplicates and removed from the North West, Regina and South East zones. There are currently 224 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 196 reported as receiving in patient care there are 26 in North Central. Of the 28 people reported as being in intensive care there is one in North Central.
The province also noted that total hospitalizations (in-patient and ICU) include both infectious and non-infectious COVID-19 cases receiving care.
The current seven-day average is 225, or 18.4 cases per 100,000 population.
Of the 24,946 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 2,299 are considered active.
The recovered number now sits at 22,315 after 229 more recoveries were reported.
The total numbers of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 24,946 of those 6,563 cases are from the North area (2,587 north west, 2,951 north central and 1,025 north east).
There were 2,099 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered yesterday in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 38,710.
With 5,850 doses having arrived in the province this week and the overages due to efficiencies in drawing extra doses from vials of vaccine received, 100 per cent of the doses received have been administered to date.
With this allotment Phase One of vaccinations will continue in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Yorkton and North Battleford. Saskatchewan’s Moderna shipment of 6,000 doses has arrived at Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory. Ground transportation for the doses going to the South East, North East, Central West, and Far North West will begin late Friday afternoon. Air transportation for the Far North Central and Far North East will begin on Saturday, Feb. 6. Saskatchewan is scheduled to receive 11,700 Pfizer doses the week of March 1 and 11,700 doses on the week of March 8.
Back-dated corrections submitted to February 2 have realized an additional 84 doses of vaccine administered in the Central East zone.
There were 3,317 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Feb. 4.
As of today there have been 521,073 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.
The province also announced additional enforcement of public health measures on Friday.
On the week of Feb. 1 SHA public health inspectors issued seven individual tickets for failure to abide by public health orders. Each of these tickets was for $2,800. Note that under the Health Information and Privacy Act, the Ministry of Health cannot disclose the names of individuals who have received fines.
50 active COVID-19 cases in youth in North Central
On Thursday the province released the updated numbers on COVID-19 cases in youth. The total active cases in youth provincially in all locations are 601, five have no known location and 596 have a location reported.
The province releases the update on the numbers each Thursday.
Currently in the North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, there are 50 active cases in youth. Last week there were 266 tests performed across the North Central zone.
North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 27 active cases in youth.
North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has nine active cases and North Central 3 has 14 active cases.
Cumulative tests performed since Sept. 7, 2020 in the North Central zone is 5,315.
Provincially there is a 15.9 per cent test positivity rate in youth.
There were 2,459 tests performed in total in the province in the last week.
The cumulative number of tests performed since Sept. 7, 2020 is 69,505.
Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald