Death related to COVID-19 reported in North Central Wednesday

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The province of Saskatchewan reported another six deaths on Wednesday related to COVID-19 including one in the North Central.

The death in North Central was in the 60 to 69 age group.

There were five deaths reported in the Saskatoon zone including five in the 80 and over age group and one in the 50 to 59-years-old age group.

The number of deaths in the province has grown to 274.

There were 149 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Tuesday.

According to the province, the Ministry of Health is updating data reporting systems and the COVID-19 dashboard will not be available for Jan. 27, 2021. Some numbers usually reported had to be omitted because of the dashboard update issues.

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

According to Tuesday’s update North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 139 active cases.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 55 active cases and North Central 3 has 98 active cases.

There was one case with pending information added to the North Central zone.

North Central ranks fourth in the province in active case breakdown behind Saskatoon, Regina, the Far North West and the North West.

One previously reported case has been deemed to be out-of-province and removed from the counts. There are currently 220 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 184 reported as receiving in patient care there are 30 in North Central. Of the 36 people reported as being in intensive care there are two in North Central.

The current seven-day average is 242, or 19.8 cases per 100,000 population.

Of the 22,794 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 2,527 are considered active.

The recovered number now sits at 19,993 after 264 more recoveries were reported.

There were 429 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered yesterday in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 34,615. As of Jan. 27, 106 per cent of the doses received have been administered. This overage is due to efficiencies in drawing extra doses from vials of vaccine received. There were no doses administered in North Central on Tuesday. Doses were administered in the Far North Central, North West, Saskatoon and the South East.

Back-dated corrections submitted for January 25 have realized an additional 106 doses of vaccine administered.

There were 2,176 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Jan 14.

As of today there have been 497,468 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

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