One death related to COVID-19 reported Thursday

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There was one more death related to COVID-19 reported by the province on Thursday.

The death was in the Saskatoon zone and was in the 80-years-old and over age group.

The number of deaths in the province has now grown to 155.

There were also 190 cases reported in the province.

There were 13 cases with pending information added to the North Central zone.

The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported 37 new cases.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 275 active cases.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 113 active cases and North Central 3 has 73 active cases.

The North Central zone is third in the Active Case Breakdown with 461 active cases. After being third yesterday Regina is now second with 479 active.

There are currently 142 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 112 reported as receiving in patient care there are 21 in North Central. Of the 30 people reported to be in intensive care five are in the North Central zone.

The current seven-day average is 157, or 13 cases per 100,000 population.

Of the 15,350 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan 2,699 are considered active.

The recovered number now sits at 12,496 after 439 more recoveries were reported over three days.

As of December 31, there are 54 active COVID-19 cases among inmates and three active cases among staff at the Regina Correctional Centre. This number is expected to increase as testing is underway. Note that all new admissions to provincial correctional facilities are tested and screened for COVID-19 upon admission, and again after 10 days. Offenders are also tested if they are symptomatic, and are identified as requiring testing due to contact tracing or being moved to a reduced custody setting.

The total numbers of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 15,160. Of those 3,727 cases are from the north area (1,401 north west, 1,820 north central and 506 north east)

As of Dec. 30, 3,458 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have been provided to health care workers in Regina as part of the initial pilot and in Saskatoon as part of Phase 1.

Yesterday, 2,198 COVID-19 tests were processed in Saskatchewan.

As of today there have been 426,731 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

An update will not be available on New Year’s Day. That case information will be included in the next, scheduled information posting on Jan 2, 2021.

Keep New Year’s Eve Safe

The province also reminded everyone to abide by public health orders this New Year’s long weekend.

“While most people are eager to say farewell to 2020, public health officials remind everyone that current public health orders on gathering sizes and events remain in place. Keep your celebrations to your household. Connect with friends and family virtually. Also head outdoors to wish your neighbours a happy new year at a safe distance,” the province’s release said.

Enforcement of public health orders is permitted under The Public Health Act, 1994. Events and gatherings that are not abiding to the current public health order may be subject to fines.

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