Saskatchewan has 97 new COVID cases, none in Weyburn area

There are 97 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on March 7, bringing the provincial total to 29,806 cases. There are no new COVID cases in the Weyburn area, and there are two active cases currently with 26 active cases in the southeast region.

One Saskatchewan resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. This death was reported in the 60-69 age group from the Saskatoon zone.

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The new cases are located in the Far North West (1), Far North East (5), Northwest (4), North Central (10), Northeast (3), Saskatoon (6), Central East (12), Regina (50), South Central (2) and Southeast (2) zones. Two cases are pending residence information.

There are a total of 27,944 recoveries, including 151 new recoveries as of March 7, and 1,463 cases are considered active.

There are 140 people in hospital, with 117 people receiving inpatient care: Far North West (3), Far North East (1), North West (11), North Central (8), North East (1), Saskatoon (47), Central East (3), Regina (40) and South East (3). Twenty-three people are in intensive care: North Central (1), Saskatoon (12), Central East (2) and Regina (8).

Vaccines Reported

An additional 892 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 92,776.

The 892 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported for March 8 were administered in the following regions: Far North Central (17), North Central (528) and Saskatoon (347).

There were 1,753 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on March 7.

To date, 595,869 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan, including 88 tests in the southeast region. As of March 6, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 501,355 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 662,012 tests performed per million population.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 144 (11.7 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 https://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.

COVID-19 Variant Cases Update

As of March 8, 2021, the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL) is reporting an additional three confirmed cases of the B1.1.7 UK variant — two in the Regina zone and one in the Northwest zone, including the confirmation of the presumptive positive case reported Feb. 23. This brings the provincial total of confirmed variant of concern cases to nine: eight B1.1.7 UK and one B1.351 SA.

In order to monitor for variants of concern, the RRPL will continue to focus whole genome sequencing testing on COVID positive results linked to international travel, declared outbreaks and cases of unexpected severe illness, as well as a random sampling of confirmed cases. The province will continue to send up to 120 samples per week to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg to ensure a larger sample size.

All residents with a confirmed COVID-19 test are required to isolate to reduce the risk of transmission.  If required, public health will issue a public service announcement to alert the general public to any risk due to any confirmed case of a variant of concern.  The Government of Saskatchewan continues to plan for the impact of variants on COVID-19 including any required increase to public health measures and surge capacity planning.

The best protection against all COVID-19 variants remains the same as protection against COVID-19: stay home, physically distance, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask and get tested if you are experiencing even mild symptoms.

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 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.