One more Sask. COVID-19 death reported, 283 new cases
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP
REGINA -- A person from the south zone has died after testing positive for COVID-19, marking the province’s 55th death related to the virus.
The person was in the 80-plus age range.
The province also reported 283 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing Saskatchewan’s active case count to 4,116.
The government said there are nine new cases are in the far northwest zone, 11 in the far northeast zone, 12 in the northwest zone, 47 in the north central zone, seven in the northeast, 50 in Saskatoon, seven in the central west zone, nine in the central east zone, 83 in Regina, 12 in the southwest, nine in the south central zone, and nine in the southeast zone.
A total of 18 new cases are pending residence information. Two cases pending location have been assigned to the northwest zone.
The seven-day average for new cases is 262, or 21.7 per 100,000 population.
An additional 183 people were reported recovered.
As of Friday, 126 people are in hospital related to COVID-19, including 101 people in inpatient care and 25 in intensive care.
- 370 active cases are from the far north area (165 far northwest, 44 far north central, 161 far northeast)
- 875 active cases are from the north area (321 northwest, 443 north central, 111 northeast)
- 1,324 active cases are from the Saskatoon area
- 974 active cases are from the Regina area
- 170 active cases are from the central area (60 central west, 110 central east)
- 363 active cases are from the south area (126 southwest, 88 south central, 149 southeast)
On Thursday, 3,504 COVID-19 tests were processed in the province.
SASK. MOVES INTO NEXT PHASE OF SURGE PLAN
The Saskatchewan Health Authority announced it will launch the next phase of its COVID-19 surge plan, in order to manage the anticipate surge in patients over the next few weeks.
Following the announcement of 259 new cases on Thursday, the province said recent high case numbers contributed to the choice to activate the next phase of the surge plan.
The next phase includes a slow-down of some health services to manage the redeployment of around 600 full time staff.