There were three deaths related to COVID-19 reported in the province on Friday.
There was one death in the 80 plus age group in the Central West, one death in the 60 to 69 age group in the Far North West and one death in 50 to 59 age group in the Far North Central The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the province is currently 414.
There were 174 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province on Friday.
The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported eight new cases.
One case with pending residence information was assigned to the North Central zone.
North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 21 active cases.
North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 35 active cases and North Central 3 has five active cases.
There are currently 133 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 106 reported as receiving in patient care there are six in North Central. Of the 27 people reported as being in intensive care there are none in North Central.
The current seven-day average 128, or 10.4 cases per 100,000 population.
Of the 31,259 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,345 are considered active.
The recovered number now sits at 29,500 after 108 more recoveries were reported.
The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 31,259 of those 7,814 cases are from the North area (3,184 North West, 3,398 North Central and 1,232 North East).
There were 6,867 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered yesterday in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 125,062. This is the highest one day total of vaccines administered thus far.
There were 87 doses administered in the North Central reported. Doses were also administered in the adjacent North East, Far North East, Far North West, Central East, Central West, South Central, South East, South West, Regina and Saskatoon.
Regina far outpaced the other regions with 3,307 vaccines administered. Of the doses administered March 18, 2,107 were delivered at the Regina drive thru clinic location.
There were 3,635 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on March 16.
As of today there have been 624,171 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.
21 new confirmed variant cases reported Friday
After consecutive days with no confirmed variants of concern (VOC) cases reported the province reported 21 confirmed cases on Friday.
There are currently 156 confirmed variants of concern cases in Saskatchewan with 149 B188.8.131.52 (UK) and seven B1.351 (SA).
The Regina zone accounts for 141, or 90 per cent, of the confirmed VOC cases reported in Saskatchewan.
In addition to the confirmed cases, there are currently 508 presumptive VOC cases reported in the Far North East, Saskatoon, Central East, Regina, South Central and South East zones. Regina is reporting 434 presumptive VOC cases.
Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald