Coronavirus Canada Updates: Saskatchewan COVID-19 restrictions set to lapse Friday as downward trend continues

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: 1st cases of B.1.617 variant detected in Saskatchewan
Coronavirus Canada Updates: 1st cases of B.1.617 variant detected in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s current COVID-19 restrictions will expire on Friday. The province is tasked with deciding whether to extend current restrictions or implement new ones.

Restrictions were last updated on Jan. 26, when the province announced restrictions would extended until Feb. 19.

Since then, Saskatchewan has mostly continued its downward trend, as shown by the decrease in the seven-day average of daily new cases.

SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE

On Jan. 26, Saskatchewan reported a seven-day average of 254 new cases, or 21 new cases per 100,000 residents.

On Feb. 14, Saskatchewan reported a seven-day average of 163 new cases, or 13.4 new cases per 100,000 residents – the lowest since New Year’s Eve.

ACTIVE CASES

There were 2,665 active COVID-19 cases in the province on Jan. 26. By Feb. 14 there were 1,864, a number the province has not seen since mid-November.

TESTING NUMBERS

In September 2020, Saskatchewan said it was working towards providing 4,000 tests per day and in an effort to increase the province’s testing capacity and that new rapid testing options were being added at health care facilities.

By February, the province had missed that mark every day except two, where the SHA tested more than 4,000 people on Nov. 21 and Nov. 30.

Since the start of 2021, Saskatchewan has averaged 2,601 tests per day, which is well short of the province’s target.

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