Death related to COVID-19 reported in North Central Saturday

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There was a death related to COVID-19 reported in the North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, on Saturday.

This was among three deaths reported by the province.

The person in the North Central was in the 80 plus age group. The other deaths were in the 60 to 69 age group in Regina and the 70 to 79 age group in the South East zone.

There were an additional four deaths reported in Saskatchewan on Sunday.

Two deaths in the 60 to 69 age group were reported in the North West zone. The other deaths were in the 70 to 79 age group and located in the Regina and South Central zones.

The number of deaths in the province currently sits at 372.

There were 177 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Monday.

The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported seven new cases on Monday.

Over the weekend North Central reported 13 new cases.

The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported seven new cases.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 37 active cases.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 58 active cases and North Central 3 has 22 active cases. There are currently 177 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 162 reported as receiving in patient care there are 17 in North Central. Of the 15 people reported as being in intensive care there is one in North Central.

The current seven-day average 158, or 12.9 cases per 100,000 population. On Saturday the province reported a seven-day average of 150, or 12.2 cases per 100,000 population, which was the lowest average in three months.

Of the 27,797 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,652 are considered active.

The recovered number now sits at 25,468 after 195 more recoveries were reported.

The total numbers of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 27,797 of those 7,218 cases are from the North area (2,904 North West, 3,187 North Central and 1,127 North East).

There were 2,105 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Feb. 21.

As of today there have been 561,183 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

Over 80 per cent of long-term care home residents vaccinated

According to the province on Monday 81 per cent of residents in long-term care homes have received, as well 43 per cent have received both first and second doses and are now fully vaccinated

“Our health care workers are doing an excellent job of administering vaccines quickly, safely and efficiently in long-term care facilities across the province,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in the release.

“The only thing slowing them down is the shortage of vaccines from the federal government,” Merriman added.

“When we get enough doses, we will be able to quickly finish vaccinating all the residents and staff in our long-term care homes. We look forward to having our seniors in long-term care fully vaccinated as soon as possible so they are protected from the threat of COVID-19.”

There were 920 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered Sunday in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 61,730.

There were no doses administered in the North Central zone on Sunday. Doses were administered in the North West, Central East and South Central zones.

The South Central and Regina zones reported an additional 67 doses administered on Feb. 20.

There were 6,661 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered on Friday and Saturday in Saskatchewan.

There were 11 doses administered Friday in North Central and none administered on Saturday. On Friday there were also doses administered in the adjacent North East zone.

According to the release the province in phase one of vaccine delivery, targeting residents and staff of long-term and personal-care homes, identified health care providers, residents 70 years and older and residents aged 50 and older in remote/Northern Saskatchewan. Eligible populations will be contacted directly to receive their vaccinations.

They added that registration for appointments for phase two sequenced populations will be available when phase two commences. People are advised not to contact HealthLine 811 to register for vaccinations at this time. Notification will be provided when the registration system is available.

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