The province is reporting 254 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan with one new death. The latest person to die is someone in their 50’s in the Southcentral zone.
The new cases are located in the Far North West (14), Far North East (9), North West (18), North Central (12), North East (7), Saskatoon (31), Central West (4), Central East (19), Regina (76), South West (14), South Central (17) and South East (29) zones.
177 people are in hospital with 48 of those in the intensive care unit. That includes 34 in Regina.
The seven-day daily average now sits at 248.
As of April 21, 5,521 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the Far North West (49), Far North East (2), North West (108), North Central (71), North East (8), Saskatoon (560), Central West (75), Central East (229), Regina (3,206), South West (136), South Central (432) and South East (575) zones.
An additional 7,333 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were delivered on Wednesday with Saskatoon seeing the most at 1,222.
All of this week’s scheduled Pfizer shipment has arrived in Saskatchewan and is being distributed in the Saskatoon (12,870 doses), Regina (10,530 doses), Prince Albert (2,340 doses), North Battleford (2,340 doses) and Yorkton (1,170) areas. Indigenous Services Canada has also received this week’s scheduled Pfizer shipment (2,340 doses) for distribution to indigenous communities.
Pharmacy Vaccination Pilot Project
Select pharmacies in 14 Saskatchewan communities will start to receive vaccine on April 29 as part of a pilot program to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. Booking for vaccination appointments may be offered as early as Monday, April 26.
Up to 63 pharmacies will participate in a small-scale rollout to refine distribution and vaccination processes. Staff working in pharmacies and stores housing pharmacies that are participating in vaccinations are eligible for vaccination.
Additional pharmacies in more communities will be added as larger volumes of vaccine become available in the coming weeks.