Record number of COVID vaccines administered across Saskatchewan

An additional 10,437 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 244,646. This is the highest daily doses administered to date. There were 503 doses administered in the southeast region.

The 10,437 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following regions: Far North West (34), Far North Central (2), Far North East (21), Northwest (924), North Central (925), Northeast (1,444), Saskatoon (3,364), Central West (102), Central East (791), Regina (1,822), Southwest (207), South Central (75) and Southeast (503). There were 223 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

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Status of Priority Population Vaccinations, as of April 8, 2021

Group

Estimated 
Population

Received 
First Dose

Received 
Second Dose

LTC Residents

8,392

7,731 (92%)

6,476 (77%)

PCH Residents

4,247

5,155 (121%)

3,471 (82%)

Age 80+

51,304

42,042 (82%)

11,191 (22%)

Age 70-79

79,817

57,566 (72%)

4,915 (6%)

Age 60-69

138,471

54,193 (39%)

4,378 (3%)

Age 50-59

147,466

22,698 (15%)

5,557 (4%)

Phase 1 health care workers

(includes LTC and PCH staff)

40,500

26,009 (64%)

17,315 (43%)

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.

Daily COVID-19 Statistics

There are 205 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on April 8, bringing the provincial total to 35,376 cases. There are nine new COVID cases in the Weyburn region, bringing the number of actvie cases to 103 in the Weyburn area, and 222 active cases in the southeast region.

There are two new deaths to report today. One death was reported in the 70-79 age group from the Southeast zone. One death was reported in the 80+ age group from the Saskatoon zone.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (4), Far North Central (1), Far North East (4), Northwest (3), North Central (4), Northeast (5), Saskatoon (32), Central West (1), Central East (9), Regina (91), Southwest (6), South Central (21), and Southeast (23) zones. One new case has pending residence information. Three cases with pending residence information have been assigned to the Regina zone. There are a total of 32,788 recoveries and 2,141 cases are considered active.

There are 206 people in hospital, and 165 people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (2), Far North East (1), Northwest (9), North Central (3), Northeast (1), Saskatoon (41), Central East (14), Regina (82), South Central (3) and Southeast (9). Forty-one people are in intensive care: North Central (4), Saskatoon (7), Central East (3), Regina (25) and South Central (2).

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 226 (18.5 new cases per 100,000). A chart comparing today's average to data collected over the past several months is available on the Government of Saskatchewan website at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-cases.

There were 3,151 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on April 7, including 233 tests in the southeast.

To date, 693,601 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of April 6, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 581,627 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 748,724 tests performed per million population.

As of April 8, 2,948 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the Far North West (2), Far North East (4), Northwest (6), North Central (21), Saskatoon (189), Central West (12), Central East (64), Regina (2,107), Southwest (18), South Central (260), and Southeast (246) zones. There are 19 cases with residence pending.

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.

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.

All Public Health Measures Extended to April 26

The Chief Medical Health Officer is extending the provincial public health orders announced on March 9 and the Regina and area revisions announced on March 24. The orders will remain in effect until April 26, and be reviewed at that time.

Due to increased COVID-19 transmission risk in Regina and area, revisions were made March 24 including: restricting private indoor gatherings to immediate household members only; all restaurants and licensed establishments must close for in-person dining; and most event venues supporting 30 persons or less are not permitted to operate.

Travel is also not recommended in or out of the Regina area unless absolutely necessary. It is strongly recommended that all individuals in the Regina area able to work from home do so.

Full details on current public health measures can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-measures.

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.

Weekly Reporting of Testing Numbers and Cases for Youth 

The trends of COVID-19 cases in school-aged children are being monitored. The weekly report of cases and testing numbers for children aged 0-19, including data by age and positivity rates, has been posted at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-Safe-Schools-Plan.