Saskatchewan has 287 new COVID cases, four in Weyburn area, 207 new recoveries

There are 287 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Jan. 17, bringing the provincial total to date to 20,272 cases. In the Weyburn area, there are four new COVID cases, and a total of 54 actives cases as of Jan. 17, with 285 active cases in the southeast as a whole.

Three Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.  One reported death was in the 60-69 age group in the Far North West zone. Two new deaths in the 80+ age group were reported in the North Central and Regina zones.

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The new cases are located in the Far North West (34), Far North Central (1), Far North East (10), Northwest (21), North Central (23), Northeast (33), Saskatoon (94), Central West (3), Central East (9), Regina (37), Southwest (1) and Southeast (13) zones, while eight new cases have pending residence information.

Five cases with pending residence information were assigned to the Far Northeast (3) and Northwest (2) zones. A total of 15,936 individuals have recovered, including 207 new recoveries, and 4,121 cases are considered active.

There are 203 people in hospital, and 170 people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (3), Far North Central (1), North West (9), North Central (27), North East (11), Saskatoon (57), Central West (1), Central East (8), Regina (40), South West (1), South Central (1) and South East (11). Thirty-three people are in intensive care: North West (2), North Central (3), Saskatoon (16), Central East (1), Regina (10) and South Central (1).

There were 3,232 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered on Jan. 16 in Saskatchewan - the highest one-day total to date. This brings the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 20,159.

The doses were administered in the following zones: Regina (453), Saskatoon (749), North Central (766), Far North West (77), Far North East (42) and Southeast (1,145).  No data for Jan. 15 or 16 from the Far North Central is available at this time.

During the weekend, 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were sent to North Battleford. Clinics begin on Monday for priority health care workers. On Tuesday, the vaccine will be provided to long-term care residents and staff in North Battleford, Wilkie and Lloydminster.

For a listing of first and second doses in Saskatchewan administered by geographic zone, visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-update.

Due to work to expand its European manufacturing facility, production of the Pfizer vaccine will be impacted for a few weeks. Pfizer is temporarily reducing deliveries, potentially by half, to all countries receiving vaccine manufactured at this facility, including Canada. In Saskatchewan, vaccines will continue to be administered as received according to priority sequence.

There were 2,332 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Jan. 16.

To date, 470,793 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of Jan. 15, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 272,809 people tested per million population. The national rate was 438,598 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 308 (25.5 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.