Seven recoveries and five new cases of COVID-19 in Estevan’s South East Zone 4

There are 189 new cases of COVID-19 and 246 recoveries to report in Saskatchewan on April 7, bringing the provincial total to 35,171 cases.

There are two new deaths to report today.  One death was reported in the 30-39 age group from the North Central zone.  One death was reported in the 80+ age group from the Regina zone.

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South East Zone reported 23 new cases, with five in the Estevan’s Zone 4 (50 active cases), four in south East Zone 1, two in South East Zone 2 and 12 in Weyburn’s Zone 3.

The other new cases are located in the Far North West (4), North West (9), North Central (3), Saskatoon (43), Central East (12), Regina (74), South West (3) and South Central (15) zones. Three (3) new cases have pending residence information. One case with pending residence information has been assigned to the Regina zone. Two (2) cases where Saskatchewan residents were tested out-of-province have been added to the Far North East zone.  There are a total of 32,588 recoveries and 2,138 cases are considered active.

Two hundred and one (201) people are in hospital.  One hundred and fifty-nine (159) people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (2), Far North East (1), North West (9), North Central (3), Saskatoon (42), Central East (17), Regina (76), South Central (1) and South East (8).  Forty-two (42) people are in intensive care: North Central (4), Saskatoon (6), Central East (2), Regina (27) and South Central (3).

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

There were 3,122 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on April 6.

To date, 690,450 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of April 5, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 578,979 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 746,323 tests performed per million population.

As of April 7, 2,830 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the Far North West (2), Far North East (4) North West (6), North Central (19), Saskatoon (178), Central West (12), Central East (60), Regina (1,986), South West (14), South Central (245) and South East (232) zones.  There are 72 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 802 (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 6,738 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 234,209.

The 6,738 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following regions: Far North West (26), Far North Central (1), Far North East (47), North West (665), North Central (651), North East (57), Saskatoon (2,322), Central West (68), Central East (562), Regina (1,758), South West (140), South Central (117) and South East (166). There were 158 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

Over 20,000 Saskatchewan residents in their 50s 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.

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