COVID-19 update: 18 new cases in Estevan's South East Zone 4

There are 217 new cases of COVID-19 and 221 recoveries to report in Saskatchewan on April 6, bringing the provincial total to 34,980 cases.

There are three new deaths to report today. One death was reported in the North Central zone from the 60-69 age group.  Two deaths were reported in the Regina zone from the 70-79 and 80+ age groups.

article continues below

South East region reported 36 new cases. Eighteen new cases are in South East Zone 4, which includes Estevan - a new single-day high for Zone 4. There are now 52 active cases in Zone 4 - also a new high.

Fourteen active cases are in South East Zone 3, which includes Weyburn. Two cases are in Zone 2, which is north of Zone 4, and two are in Zone 1, which is northwest of Zone 4. 

The other new cases are located in the Far North West (5), North West (11), North Central (3), North East (2), Saskatoon (30), Central East (17), Regina (97), South West (1) and South Central (14) zones. One (1) new case has pending residence information.  Two cases with pending residence information have been assigned to the Regina zone.  

There are 221 more recoveries, bringing the Saskatchewan total to 32,342. Eleven of the recoveries are from the South East, including three from South East Zone 4. 

A total of 2,195 cases are considered active, including 224 in the South East. 

Two hundred and two (202) people are in hospital.  One hundred and fifty-eight (158) people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (2), Far North East (1), North West (8), North Central (2), Saskatoon (45), Central East (11), Regina (77), South Central (2) and South East (10).  Forty-four (44) people are in intensive care: North Central (4), Saskatoon (6), Central East (2), Regina (30) and South Central (2).

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 226 (18.4 new cases per 100,000).  

There were 2,924 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on April 5, including 312 from the South East. 

To date, 687,328 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of April 4, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 576,498 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 735,327 tests performed per million population.

Please note: Variants of concern (VOC) are beginning to rise across southern Saskatchewan, particularly in the Moose Jaw and Weyburn areas.  Residents in these areas are urged to adhere to best personal protective measures:

  • Wear your mask in all public places including all workplaces
  • Wash non-medical masks daily
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Reduce activities outside of your home.  Order take-out or curbside pick-up.  If you are able to work from home, work from home at this time.
  • Avoid all unnecessary travel to and from Moose Jaw and Weyburn.

All Saskatchewan residents should monitor active cases in their area and adjust their activity accordingly.  Active and new case information for each area can be found at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness.

If you have any symptoms, stay home and arrange for a COVID-19 test.  If anyone in your home has symptoms, the entire household should remain home until the test results are known.  Testing information is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-information.

As of April 5, 2,677 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the Far North West (1), Far North East (4) North West (4), North Central (18), Saskatoon (163), Central West (12), Central East (52), Regina (1,898), South West (11), South Central (232) and South East (214) zones.  There are 68 cases with area of residence pending.

These were previously reported as "presumptive positives" but all screening tests will be considered confirmed VOCs for the purposes of public reporting and contact investigations.  

There are zero (0) new lineage results being reported today.  Of the 951 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 943 are B.1.1.1.7 (UK) and eight are B.1.351 (SA).  The Regina zone accounts for 803 (84 per cent) of the VOC cases with confirmed lineage reported in Saskatchewan.

Please note that these VOC may have been initially identified via means other than screening (i.e. selection for whole genome sequencing without screening) and that whole genome sequencing results to identify lineage are included in the screening results.

Confirmed variant of concern cases may appear in both columns on the website, depending on testing for that case.  Adding the cases identified by screening and those that have received whole genome sequencing may result in double-counting individual cases.  

Further statistics on the total number of cases among healthcare workers, breakdowns of total cases by source of infection, age, sex and region, total tests to date, per capita testing rate and current numbers of confirmed variants of concern can be found at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-cases.

Vaccination update

An additional 5,938 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 227,471.

The 5,938 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered in the following regions: Far North West (5), Far North East (11), North West (431), North Central (349), North East (39), Saskatoon (1,697), Central West (54), Central East (153), Regina (2,182), South West (204), South Central (471) and South East (239).  There were 103 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

One out of every 10 Saskatchewan residents in their 50s, one-third of Saskatchewan residents in their 60s and more than two-thirds of Saskatchewan residents in their 70s have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new dashboard with details on vaccine administration in the province, including first and second doses administered by age range.  As the source database for vaccine information, Panorama is subject to continuous data updates which may result in revised counts, day over day.

The COVID-19 vaccine appointment booking system currently includes residents 58 years of age and older.  Eligible residents are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccinations online or by phone.  Additional information on how to book your appointment is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-booking.  For information on drive-thru clinics, see https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/news/service-alerts-emergency-events/Pages/COVID-19-Vaccine-Drive-Thru-Wait-Times.aspx.

The remaining doses from the delayed March 22 Moderna shipment (14,100) are scheduled to arrive in Saskatchewan tomorrow (April 7).

 

© Copyright Estevan Mercury

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Estevan Mercury welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
ESTEVAN WEATHER