Saskatchewan has 182 new COVID cases, none in Weyburn area

There are 182 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Feb. 21, bringing the provincial total to 27,620 cases. There are no new COVID cases in the Weyburn area, with four active cases currently, and 39 for the southeast as a whole.

Four Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. Two deaths were reported in the 60-69 age group from the Northwest zone and two deaths were reported in the 70-79 age group from the Regina (1) and South Central (1) zones.

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The new cases are located in the Far North West (11), Far North Central (2), Far North East (22), Northwest (10), North Central (5), Northeast (4), Saskatoon (48), Central West (2), Central East (7), Regina (56), Southwest (1), South Central (5) and Southeast (1) zones and eight cases have pending residence information.  Four cases with pending residence information were assigned to the Far North Central (1), Northwest (1) and North Central (2) zones. 

There are a total of 25,578 recoveries, including 110 new recoveries as of Feb. 21, and 1,670 cases are considered active.

There are 176 people in hospital, and 163 people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (6), Far North Central (2), Far North East (2), Northwest (15), North Central (14), Northeast (2), Saskatoon (60), Central West (1), Central East (8), Regina (46), South Central (2) and Southeast (5). Thirteen people are in intensive care: Northwest (1), North Central (1), Saskatoon (8), Central East (1), and Regina (2).

Vaccine Delivery

There were 2,428 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered on Feb. 20 in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 60,743.

The 2,428 doses were administered in the Northwest (116), Saskatoon (422), Central East (482), Regina (534) and South Central (874) zones. The South Central zone has reported an additional 493 doses administered on Feb. 18. A correction for Feb. 19 resulted in two doses removed from the Central East zone.

Note that we remain 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.

There were 2,186 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Feb. 20, including 76 new tests in the southeast region.

Please note that, like most categories of statistics reported, daily testing numbers include those pending by location as noted in the footnotes daily on the Tests by Region page in the dashboard. Total testing numbers will include tests that are still pending by location; those numbers will not appear in the regional statistics until they are assigned.

To date, 559,078 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of Feb. 19, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 469,247 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 621,306 tests performed per million population.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 153 (12.5 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.

Please visit https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-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 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.

Assess Your Risk and Get Tested

The Government of Saskatchewan continues to recommend against all non-essential travel.  International travelers must abide by federal testing and quarantine measures. If you have chosen to travel inter-provincially during the break week, get tested as soon as you return to Saskatchewan and plan for a follow up test seven days later.

The presence of new variants across Canada means an elevated risk of bringing more transmissible strains of COVID-19 home with you. While you cannot test your way out of travel risks, testing is the best tool available to protect your family, friends and all residents of Saskatchewan against COVID-19 if you have travelled.

You do not need to be experiencing symptoms in order to have COVID-19. Find testing options near you at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-information.

Enforcing Public Health Measures

Enforcement of public health orders is permitted under The Public Health Act, 1994. Public health inspectors will be supported in their efforts to ticket violators quickly to ensure that businesses and events are brought into compliance as quickly as possible, in addition to the enforcement efforts that have been undertaken by police agencies throughout the province.

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