Four deaths related to COVID-19 reported Friday

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There were another four deaths related to COVID-19 reported in Saskatchewan on Friday.

One individual in the North East in the 60 to 69-year-old age group's death was reported.

The North East zone includes communities such as Melfort, Nipawin and Tisdale.Another individual in the same age category was reported to have passed away in the South East zone.

There were also deaths in the 80-years-old and over age group in the South West and Saskatoon zones.

The number of deaths in the province has grown to 210.

There were 382 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Friday.

The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported 38 new cases.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 295 active cases.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 147 active cases and North Central 3 has 156 active cases.

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

The North Central zone is second in the Active Case Breakdown with 598 active cases.

Saskatoon is now reporting the most and Regina is now third.

There are currently 210 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 175 reported as receiving in patient care there are 36 patients in North Central. Of the 35 people reported as being in intensive care there are five in North Central.

The current seven-day average is 320, or 26.4 cases per 100,000 population.

Of the 19,715 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 4,010 are considered active.

The recovered number now sits at 15,495 after 231 more recoveries were reported.

The total numbers of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 19,715 of those 5,113 cases are from the North area (1,892 north west, 2,507 north central and 714 north east).

As of Jan. 15, a total of 14,017 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan.

Two thousand and thirty-two doses were administered in the Regina, Saskatoon, North Central, Far North West, Far North East and North East zones.

North Central saw 549 doses administered and 202 administered in the adjacent North East zone.

Vaccine numbers from the Far North Central zone have not yet been reported.

Second doses of Pfizer vaccine are now underway for health care workers in Saskatoon, with vaccination of residents and staff in long term and personal care homes in Saskatoon proceeding.

The vaccine clinics announced earlier this week in the North Central communities of Wakaw, Cudworth, Rosthern, Big River, Canwood, Shellbrook, Birch Hills, Debden, Blaine Lake, Candle Lake and Christopher Lake are fully booked.

Additional clinics will be scheduled as quickly as possible following the sequencing of priority populations in those zones with high active case rates.

There were 3,455 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Jan 14.

As of today there have been 465,390 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

Under 100 active cases of COVID-19 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 775, 17 have no known location and 758 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 96 active cases in youth. Last week there were 277 tests performed across the North Central zone.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 40 active cases in youth.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 42 active cases and North Central 3 has 28 active cases.

Cumulative tests performed since Sept. 7, 2020 in the North Central zone is 4,658.

Provincially there is a 19.5 per cent test positivity rate in youth.

There were 2,450 tests performed in total in the province in the last week.

The cumulative number of tests performed since Sept. 7, 2020 is 54,735.

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