Sask. reports 290 new COVID-19 cases; 4 more deaths
The CDC has once again updated its guidance on coronavirus, this time to say that it can spread by airborne transmission. (NIAID-RML via CNN)
REGINA -- Saskatchewan recorded 290 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, along with four more deaths.
One person who died was in their 60s and from the Northeast zone. Two more people were in their 70s, from Saskatoon and the Far Northwest. A fourth person was in the 80 plus age group, they were from the Far Northeast zone.
There are 210 people in hospital – which ties the previous record for hospitalizations – and 30 people in the ICU.
Nine out of the province’s 13 zones reported a double-digit increase in cases: Saskatoon (55), the Far Northwest zone (45), the Northwest zone (41), the Northeast zone (33), Regina (25), the Far Northeast zone (20), the North Central zone (13), the Far North Central zone (12) and the Central East zone (10).
The seven-day average for new daily cases is 291 – 24 new cases per 100,000 people.
There are 142 new recoveries, leaving the province with 4,265 active cases of the virus.
Saskatchewan is still leading the way when it comes to the rate of active cases per capita.
According to Health Canada, as of Sunday the province has 351 active cases per 100,000 people.
Saskatchewan is followed by Alberta and Quebec, whose active cases per capita are trending downwards, while Saskatchewan’s are on the rise.
Alberta has the second highest rate with 280 active cases per 100,000. Quebec has 243 cases per 100,000 people.
There were 2,449 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the province on Sunday.
The doses were administered in the following zones:
Central East (183),
Far Northeast (104) and
North Central (65).
There have been 22,618 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the province so far.
On Monday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) announced the Pfizer vaccine is now available to seniors in Prince Albert who are over the age of 70 and living independently.
Clinics will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. The SHA said there are a limited number of appointments available and they will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.
Seniors can call 1-877-670-1226 to book an appointment.