COVID cases increase, public health measures in place until Jan. 29

Based on current COVID-19 transmission rates, Saskatchewan’s public health order issued on Dec.17 will remain in effect until Jan. 29. At that time they will be reviewed by the provincial Chief Medical Health Officer.

The measures include:

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• Private, indoor gatherings remain limited to immediate household members only.

• People may meet and greet outdoors with up to 10 people only, provided physical distancing between households can be maintained.

• The public health orders for licensed establishments; sports, fitness and dance; places of worship; and mandatory masking remain in place. 

• All non-essential interprovincial travel is discouraged.

For complete information on the current public health measures or to see the Public Health Order, visit http://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-measures.

Daily COVID-19 Statistics

There are 248 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Jan. 12, bringing the provincial total to date to 18,770 cases. There are no new COVID cases in the Weyburn area as of Jan. 12, with 54 active cases currently.

Five Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. Two new deaths in the 80+ age group were reported in the Regina zone; two new deaths in the 70-79 age group were reported in the Far North West (1) and North West (1) zones; and one new death in the 30-39 age group was reported in the South West zone.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (11), Far North Central (2), Far North East (20), North West (30), North Central (26), North East (5), Saskatoon (53), Central West (2), Central East (10), Regina (37), South West (2), South Central (8) and South East (11) zones and 31 new cases have pending residence information.

Twenty-seven cases with pending residence information were assigned to Far North West (6); Far North East (9); North West (2) and North Central (10) zones.

A total of 14,814 individuals have recovered, including 226 new recoveries, and 3,752 cases are considered active.

There are 191 people in hospital, and 162 people are receiving inpatient care: Far North East (1), Far North Central (1), North West (10), North Central (34), North East (12), Saskatoon (42), Central East (9), Regina (42), South Central (1) and South East (10). Twenty-nine people are in intensive care: North West (1), North Central (4), Saskatoon (14), Central East (1), and Regina (9).

As of Jan. 12, a total of 9,880 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan.

On Jan. 11, 903 of these doses were administered in Regina (219), Saskatoon (81), Prince Albert (210), the Far North West (88), the Far North Central (64), the Far North East (122) and North East (119) zones. 

This brings the totals to 2,069 doses and 1,449 second doses of Pfizer in the Regina pilot program; 2,928 Pfizer doses in Saskatoon; 824 Pfizer doses in Prince Albert; 684 Moderna doses in the Far North West zone; 226 Moderna doses in the Far North Central zone; 1,193 Moderna doses in the Far North East zone; and 507 Moderna doses in the North East zone.  

The next Pfizer shipment of 6,825 doses were expected to arrive in Saskatoon on Jan. 12, and vaccination will continue among priority long-term care and personal care home residents and staff. 

The next Moderna shipment of 5,400 doses is expected to arrive in Saskatchewan Jan. 14. Five hundred doses will be distributed to the Far North East zone to continue the first doses in the priority sequencing. The remaining 4,900 doses will be distributed as first doses to priority long-term and personal care home staff and residents and health care workers in the Southeast and Central East zones, including the communities of Wadena, Canora and Weyburn.

There were 1,995 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Jan. 10.

To date, 456,045 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of Jan. 9, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 267,709 people tested per million population. The national rate was 389,637 people tested per million population.

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. Please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/cases-and-risk-of-covid-19-in-saskatchewan.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 321 (26.5 new cases per 100,000 population) and is now available on the Government of Saskatchewan website. This chart compares today’s average to data collected over the past several months. Please visit https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-cases.