Sask. COVID-19 update: nine more cases in Estevan's South East Zone 4

There are 262 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on April 30, bringing the provincial total to 41,360 cases.

Three new deaths are reported today in the following groups: one in the 40-49 age group from the Regina zone; one in the 60-69 age group from the Regina zone; and one in the 70-79 age group from the Saskatoon zone.

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Twenty-eight new cases are from the South East region. Nine are from South East Zone 4, which includes Estevan. Eighty-five cases in Zone 4 are now considered active.

Five new cases are in South East Zone 3, which includes Weyburn; two new cases are in South East Zone 2, which is north of Zone 4, and 12 new cases are in Zone 1, which is northwest of Zone 4.

The other new cases in Saskatchewan are located in the following zones: Far North West, 14; North West, 27; North Central, 20; North East, 2; Saskatoon, 49; Central West, 2; Central East, 16; Regina, 71; South West, 15; and South Central, 13. Five new cases are pending residence information.

Another 233 people have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 38,414. Twenty-two more people in the South East have recovered, including two in Zone 4.

A total of 2,452 cases are considered active, including 242 in the South East.

There are 167 people in hospital.  One hundred and twenty-nine people are receiving inpatient care: Far North East, 1; North West, 4; North Central, 3; North East, 1; Saskatoon, 54; Central East, 6; Regina, 51; South West, 2; South Central, 3; and South East, 4. The number of people in hospital in the South East is down three from April 30.

 Thirty-eight people are in intensive care: North Central, 2; Saskatoon, 12; Central East, 2; Regina, 21; and South Central, 1.

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case number is 238 (19.4 new cases per 100,000). A chart comparing today's average to data collected over the past few months is available on the provincial government’s website.

There were 3,856 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on April 30, including 275 in the South East.  

To date, 773,643 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of April 29, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 648,937 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 828,288.

As of April 30, 6,999 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the following zones: Far North West, 135; Far North East, 3; North West, 215; North Central, 129; North East, 22; Saskatoon, 794; Central West, 81; Central East, 308; Regina, 3,777; South West, 197; South Central, 523 and South East, 727.

There are 88 screened VOCs with residence pending.

There are no new lineage results reported today.  Of the 2,522 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 2,491 are B.1.1.1.7 (UK), 22 are P.1 (Brazilian) and nine are B.1.351 (SA). The Regina zone accounts for 1,653 (66 per cent) of the VOC cases with confirmed lineage reported in Saskatchewan.

Further statistics on the total number of cases among health care 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.

An additional 7,403 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 435,142.

The 7,403 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following zones: Far North West, 128; Far North Central, 30; Far North East, 53; North West, 926; North Central, 413; North East, 78; Saskatoon, 2,088; Central West, 540; Central East, 761; Regina, 1,421; South West, 179; South Central, 188; and South East, 366.  There were 232 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

Eighty-one per cent of Saskatchewan residents over age 60 have received their first dose.  Sixty-two per cent of those 40+ have received their first dose.  Forty-one per cent of those 18+ have received their first dose.

All vaccine administration details for the province, including first and second doses, can be found at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness. As the source database for vaccine information, Panorama is subject to continuous data updates which may result in revised counts, day over day.

Distribution of the Janssen vaccines are on hold until Health Canada approves the product through the regulatory process. More information on when Saskatchewan will receive this shipment is expected next week.

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