Sask. COVID-19 update: 193 new cases, 170 more recoveries, three new deaths

There are 193 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Feb. 20, bringing the provincial total to 27,438 cases. 

Three Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, including one from the South East who was in the 70-79 age group. One death was reported in the 80-plus age group from the North Central zone, and one death was reported in 60-69 age group from the Regina zone.

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Thirty-three people in the South East with COVID-19 have died since March 2020, and 368 have died in Saskatchewan.

Nine of the new cases are from the South East zone. None of the new cases are in South East Zone 4, which includes Estevan. Eight cases are in Zone 1, to the northwest of Zone 4, and one is in Zone 2, to the north of Zone 4. 

There are five active cases in Zone 4, and 39 in the South East region as a whole. 

The other new cases for Saskatchewan are located in the Far North West (16), Far North Central (12), Far North East (10), North West (14), North Central (8), North East (3), Saskatoon (26), Central West (3), Central East (4), Regina (78), South West (1) and South Central (5) zones, and four cases have pending residence information. 

Another 170 people are considered to be recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 25,468. Three of the latest recoveries are from the South East. 

A total of 1,602 cases are considered active.

One hundred and seventy-one people are in hospital. One hundred and fifty-five people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (5), Far North Central (2), Far North East (2), North West (15), North Central (13), North East (2), Saskatoon (59), Central West (1), Central East (8), Regina (43), South Central (1) and South East (4). The number of people in hospital in the South East is unchanged from Feb. 19.

Sixteen people are in intensive care: North West (1), North Central (2), Saskatoon (9), Central East (1), and Regina (3).

There were 2,885 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Feb. 19, including 125 from the South East. 

To date, 556,892 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of Feb. 18, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 466,935 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 617,920 tests performed per million population.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 150 (12.2 new cases per 100,000), the lowest seven-day average in over three months, and is now available on the Government of Saskatchewan website.

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 and the per capita testing rate can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website. 

There were 4,233 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered yesterday in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 57,824. 

The 4,233 doses were administered in the Far North West (29), Far North East (20), Far North Central (21), North East (65), North Central (11), North West (886), Central East (1,379), South Central (466), Regina (838) and Saskatoon (518). 

The Far North West zone has reported an additional 11 doses administered on February 18. The South Central zone has reported an additional 550 doses administered on February 18.

Saskatchewan remains in Phase One of vaccine delivery, targeting residents and staff of long-term and personal-care homes, identified health care providers, residents 70 years and older and residents aged 50 and older in remote/Northern Saskatchewan. 

Eligible populations will be contacted directly to receive their vaccinations. Registration for appointments for Phase Two sequenced populations will be available when Phase Two commences.  Please do not contact HealthLine 811 to register for vaccinations at this time.  Notification will be provided when the registration system is available.

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