Saskatchewan says COVID cases in hospitals are dropping, and none are Omicron

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REGINA — Saskatchewan health officials say COVID-19 hospitalization rates are falling in the province and there are no cases of the Omicron variant that require treatment in a hospital.

They say in a news release Tuesday that there are 80 people in hospital due to COVID-19, and 16 in intensive care.

They say 129 people were hospitalized in Saskatchewan on Nov. 28, with 36 in intensive care; and five in Ontario hospitals.

They credit the province's high vaccination rate for the decrease in hospitalization caseloads.

While there are no cases of Omicron that require hospitalization, officials warn people that the variant is present in the community and ask that everyone take all steps possible to protect themselves.

They say the province reported 1,195 new cases of COVID-19 between Dec. 22 and 28, and four deaths.

They say there have been 824 cases of the Omicron variant in the province.

Officials say 83 per cent of eligible residents five years and older have got their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 76 per cent have their second shot.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 28, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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