COVID-19 vaccine jabs are speeding up in the province.
Health care workers across Saskatchewan have now administered a total of 78,226 COVID vaccines, including a single-day high 5,211 does Friday and another 1,662 on Saturday.
Meantime, the province reported 303 new cases over the weekend as well as five deaths. Of the new confirmed cases, 162 were reported Saturday and 141 Sunday.
All of the people who died were over the age of 80, with three people in Regina, one in Saskatoon and one in the south east zone.
The province is eager to soon be receiving shipments of a third vaccine — AstraZeneca — which was approved by Health Canada on Friday. That same day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a news conference that Canada expects roughly 500,000 doses to arrive “within weeks” for distribution to the provinces.
Of those doses, Saskatchewan expects to receive about 15,000 in March, based on the province’s per capita share.
Saturday’s 1,662 doses were delivered in the far north east (218), far north central (22), Regina (24), north central (214), north west (314), central west (102), central east (112) and south east (656) zones. Data has been updated to include an additional 936 doses administered in the south east zone, 49 in central west zone and 78 in central east zone on Friday.
Friday’s shots were administered in the Saskatoon (254), Regina (286), far north west (33), north central (869), north west (918), central east (1,202), central west (403), south east (570) and south west (676) zones.
The newest cases, reported Sunday, are located in the far north west (16), far north central (1), far north east (14), north west (17), north central (13), north east (3), Saskatoon (38), central west (2), central east (8), Regina (19), south central (8) and south east (1) zones. One case has pending residence information. Three cases with pending residence information were assigned to the north west (1), north central (1) and Regina (1) zones.
Regina (52) led the way with Saturday’s cases, followed by Saskatoon (23), far north west (27), far north east (five), north west (13), north central (three), north east (nine), central east (18), south central (seven) and south east (one) zones.
The seven-day average remains fairly steady at 146, or 11.9 new cases per 100,000 population.
There are a total of 26,719 recoveries and 1,543 cases are considered active.
There are currently 154 people in hospital, with 19 in intensive care and 135 receiving in-patient care.
Saskatoon has the most hospitalized with 50 in-patients and 11 ICU patients, while Regina has 37 in-patients and seven in ICU. The northwest zone has 12 in-patients and one in ICU.
Other hospitalizations include far north west (4), far north east (2), north central (14), north east (1), central west (1), central east (7), south central (3) and south east (4).
Regina currently has the most active cases of any zone, with 474, after a recent uptick in cases. Saskatoon is second with 291 active cases.
There were 2,285 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Saturday, bringing the total to date ay 576,325.
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