13 COVID-19 deaths marks new single-day high in Sask.
An employee is pictured at the Roy Romanow Provincial Lab. (Supplied)
REGINA -- Saskatchewan set a new single-day record on Thursday, reporting 13 COVID-19 related deaths, according to a release from the province.
This breaks the previous single-day record of 11 new deaths that was set on Dec. 12.
The 13 deaths include one person in their 60s, three people in their 70s and nine above the age of 80.
The province also reported 227 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with 816 recoveries. Active cases sit at 3,099.
Of the 227 new cases, 14 are in the far north west zone, six are in the far north central zone, seven are from the far north east zone, 18 are in the north west zone, 21 are from the north central zone, 11 are from the northeast zone, 62 are from Saskatoon, four are from the central west zone, 12 are in the central east zone, 50 are in Regina, two are in the southwest zone, four are from the south central zone and 12 are from the southeast zone.
Four new cases are pending residence information. Two previously reported cases were assigned to the northwest and Regina zones. One previously assigned case was removed from the central east zone, after it was deemed invalid.
Saskatchewan’s seven-day average of new cases is 286, or 23.6 daily new cases per 100,000 population.
A total of 197 people are currently in hospital related to COVID-19, including 31 people in intensive care.
There were 2,764 COVID-19 tests processed in the province on Wednesday.
The province said 2,548 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were distributed on Wednesday in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of doses administered to 29,781.
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During the province’s COVID-19 update on Tuesday, Premier Scott Moe said he has been in contact with North Dakota’s Governor Doug Burgum about the struggles their respective jurisdictions have faced.
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