111 new COVID-19 cases in Sask.; 197 recoveries
REGINA -- Saskatchewan reported 111 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
There were 197 additional recoveries to report. Actives cases in the province sit at 1,451.
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is 139. or 11.3 new cases per 100,000 people.
One hundred thirty-six people are in hospital in the province. There are 30 people in intensive care.
New cases are located in the Far Northwest (two) Northwest (11), North Central (19), Northeast (one), Saskatoon (45), Central West (four), Central East (five), Regina (15), Southwest (two), South Central (two) and Southeast (three). Two new cases are pending location details.
VARIANTS OF CONCERN
Saskatchewan identified 93 additional variant cases on Tuesday. There have been 10,148 variant cases identified by screening to date.
There are 205 new lineage results to report. Out of the 5,636 variant cases identified by genome sequencing 5,471 are B.126.96.36.199 which originated in the U.K., 126 are P.1 which originated in Brazil, 29 are B.1.617 which originated in India and 10 are B.1.351 which originated in South Africa.
There were 2,339 more vaccine doses delivered by Saskatchewan health care workers.
Seventy-six per cent of those over 40, 70 per cent of those over 30 and 63 per cent of those over 18 have received their first dose.
REOPENING STEP TWO TO BEGIN JUNE 20
With less than a week to go before the first step in Saskatchewan’s reopening plan comes into effect, the province has cleared the second milestone in the strategy.
The province reported more than 70 per cent of residents over 30 years old have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Step Two of the Reopening Roadmap is to begin three weeks after the threshold is cleared.
Residents over 80-years-old, and those who received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose before March 1, are eligible for their second doses. The age eligibility for first doses remains at 12 years and older.