Coronavirus Canada Updates: Saskatchewan has 328 new COVID cases, 300 new recoveries

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: Saskatchewan has 328 new COVID cases, 300 new recoveries
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Saskatchewan has 328 new COVID cases, 300 new recoveries

There are 328 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on Jan. 29, with 19 new cases in the southeast, bringing the provincial total to date to 23,366 cases. There are 125 active cases in the southeast region. The statistics for the Weyburn region specifically will not be available until Feb. 1.

Seven Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. One reported death was in the 50-59 age group from the North East (1) zone; three reported deaths were in the 70-79 age group from the Northwest (1), Saskatoon (1) and Regina (1) zones; and three reported deaths were in the 80+ age group from the Northwest (1) and Regina (2) zones.

The new cases are located in the Far Northwest (30), Far North Central (3), Far North East (16), Northwest (27), North Central (26), Northeast (13), Saskatoon (90), Central West (9), Central East (25), Regina (58), Southwest (1), South Central (3) and Southeast (19) zones and eight new cases have pending residence information.

One case with pending residence information was assigned to the Northwest (1) zone.

A total of 20,575 individuals have recovered, including 300 new recoveries as of Jan. 29, and 2,499 cases are considered active.

There are 218 people in hospital, and 185 people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (4), Far North East (1), Northwest (16), North Central (28), Northeast (3), Saskatoon (68), Central West (1), Central East (14), Regina (42), Southwest (1), South Central (1) and Southeast (6). Thirty-three (33) people are in intensive care: Northwest (3), North Central (1), Saskatoon (15), Central East (2), Regina (11) and Southwest (1).

There were 308 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered on Jan. 28 in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 35,091. As of January 29, 107 per cent of the doses received have been administered. This overage is due to efficiencies in drawing extra doses from vials of vaccine received.

The doses were administered in the following zones: Far North Central (33), Saskatoon (233), Central East (22) and Southeast (20). Back-dated corrections submitted for January 27 have realized an additional 111 doses of vaccine administered.

With the recent announcement of a reduction in deliveries of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine over the next four weeks, the vaccine distribution schedule is being adjusted to account for these delays. The bulk of doses received next month must be used for second dose requirements, and some communities originally slated to receive first doses will see delays. Swift Current and Regina were slated to receive vaccine delivery next week for first dose administration to priority groups, but that will be rescheduled.

There were 3,100 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Jan. 28. To date, 503,143 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of January 27, 2021 when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 283,989 people tested per million population. The national rate was 459,987 people tested per million population.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 247 (20.1 new cases per 100,000 population).

The Ministry of Health is updating data reporting systems. As such, it is anticipated that the COVID-19 dashboard will be unavailable until Monday, February 1. The case news release and map of current cases will continue to be issued daily based on a separate data reporting process.

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 quickly 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.

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