Weyburn has five new COVID cases, walk-in clinic available April 3-4

There are 280 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on April 3, bringing the provincial total to 34,323 cases. There were five new COVID cases in the Weyburn area as of April 3, and the area now has 64 active cases, with 200 active cases for the entire southeast region.

The AstraZeneca walk-in clinic is on in Weyburn until 8 p.m. on April 3, and will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 4 at the Weyburn Curling Rink. There will be a drive-through clinic available on Tuesday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1560 New City Garden Road (former Ebel’s Contracting and Supply building).

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There are no new deaths to report today. The total number of deaths was incorrectly reported yesterday as 437 and should be 436 as a death was previously incorrectly reported.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (6 ), Far North East (1), Northwest (18), North Central (3), Northeast (11), Saskatoon (51), Central West (1) Central East (10), Regina (127), Southwest (6), South Central (20), and Southeast (24) zones. Two new cases have pending residence information. One case has been assigned to the Northwest zone.

There are a total of 31,744 recoveries, including 190 new recoveries as of April 3, and 2,143 cases are considered active.

There are 189 people in hospital, and 147 people are receiving inpatient care: Far North East (1), Northwest (9), North Central (2), Saskatoon (41), Central East (12), Regina (72), South Central (1), Southeast (9). Forty-two people are in intensive care: North Central (2), Saskatoon (9), Central East (2), Regina (26) and South Central (3).

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 220 (17.9 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.

Vaccines Reported

An additional 5,504 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 214,246.

The 5,504 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered in the following regions: Far North West (11), Northwest (283), Saskatoon (1,854), Central East (1,035), Regina (1,318), South Central (462), Southwest (383) and Southeast (158).

The COVID-19 vaccine appointment booking system currently includes residents 58 years of age and older. Eligible residents are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccinations online or by phone. Additional information on how to book your appointment is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-booking.

One fifth of Saskatchewan residents in their 80s have now received their second dose of vaccine and are fully vaccinated:

Status of Priority Population Vaccinations, as of April 1, 2021

Group

Estimated 
Population

Received 
First Dose

Received 
Second Dose

LTC Residents

8,392

7,709 (92%)

6,277 (75%)

PCH Residents

4,247

4,941 (116%)

3,240 (76%)

Age 80+

51,307

41,290 (80%)

10,738 (21%)

Age 70-79

79,818

51,145 (64%)

4,821 (6%)

Phase 1 health care workers 
(includes LTC and PCH staff)

40,500

25,492 (63%)

16,872 (42%)

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

The AstraZeneca shipment from the United States has arrived and has been distributed. The walk-in clinic in Weyburn with the AstraZeneca vaccines is open on Sunday, April 4, and then there will be a drive-through clinic on Tuesday, April 6.

The remaining doses from the March 22 Moderna shipment are expected to arrive April 3 (7,200) and April 7 (1,400).

Vaccination Information to be Added to COVID-19 Dashboard

On Monday, April 5, the Ministry of Health will launch a new dashboard with details on vaccine administration in the province, including first and second doses administered by age range. In preparation for the launch of the new dashboard, the Ministry will be updating reporting systems used for vaccination information. Due to this transition, vaccine data will not be available on Sunday, April 4.

There were 3,336 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on April 2, including 323 tests in the southeast region.

To date, 677,547 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of March 31, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 563,795 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 730,689 tests performed per million population. The Public Health Agency website has not been updated and last available numbers are as of March 31st.

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.

As of April 2, 2,226 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the Far North East (2) Northwest (1), North Central (16), Saskatoon (117), Central West (12), Central East (32), Regina (1,578), Southwest (7), South Central (173) and Southeast (157 ) zones. There are 131 cases with area of residence pending.

These were previously reported as "presumptive positives" but all screening tests will be considered confirmed VOCs for the purposes of public reporting and contact investigations.

There are zero (0) new lineage results being reported today. Of the 949 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 941 are B1.1.1.7 (UK) and eight are B1.351 (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.

Keep Easter Celebrations Safe

All Saskatchewan residents are asked to keep their Easter weekend safe and abide by the public health recommendations and measures in place.  Consider making gatherings virtual and keep your Easter egg hunt to your immediate household only.

• Except for the Regina region, private indoor gatherings must be from two to three consistent households and cannot exceed 10 people. 

• For the city of Regina and area, all indoor private gatherings are limited to immediate households only. Individuals who live alone and single parents of minor children are permitted to meet with one consistent household of less than five individuals.

• If you are outside the Regina area and have a consistent household bubble gathering safely, purchase your Easter dinner groceries ahead of time with only one member of the household shopping. One person should handle the preparation of food and drink following proper food safety protocols and while wearing a non-medical mask. All served food should be plated by a single person. Or, consider having individual portions delivered from a restaurant or caterer.

• If anyone in the household feels unwell, even with the most-mild symptoms, do not continue with plans and seek COVID-19 testing immediately.  

• Travel is not recommended in or out of the Regina area unless absolutely necessary. Non-essential travel, including interprovincial travel, is strongly discouraged. 

• Places of worship must follow the current guidelines, available at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/public-health-measures