Post Christmas COVID-19 numbers keep rising in Saskatchewan with 412 new cases; eight new deaths

It is beginning to look as if calls to stay home over Christmas were not met by many in Saskatchewan as the province is reporting 412 new cases on Monday which brings the provincial total to 18,122.  With 162 recoveries being announced, it puts the active case total at 3,735.


There are also eight more deaths to report which bring the total to 199.  Four of the new deaths were people in the 80+ age group and were in the Far Northwest, Northwest, East Central and Southeast zones.  Two were people in their 60’s from the Regina and south central zones and one was in their 30’s from the Regina zone.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (33), Far North Central (9), Far North East (80), North West (102), North Central (95), North East (48), Saskatoon (142), Central West (4), Central East (23), Regina (88), South West (1), South Central (12) and South East (47) zones and 35 new cases have pending residence information.

Hospitalizations are also going up as there are now a record 197 people in hospital.  166 are getting inpatient care including 44 in Regina while 31 are in intensive care including 11 in Regina.

The seven-day daily average is now sitting at 307 or 25.4 cases per 100,000 population. That is the highest it has been.

When it comes to the vaccine program, the province says  it is expecting 6,825 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 5,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine to arrive this week; the confirmed date of arrival and distribution locations will be announced this week.
Given the ultra-low temperature requirements of the Pfizer vaccine, the Ministry of Health has received guidance from the manufacturer in order to support broader but still safe distribution. This will permit public health to move to Pfizer vaccine into long term and personal care homes and clinic locations within the communities where Pzifer is being distributed. This will start in Prince Albert immediately.
As of January 11, a total of 8,948 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan.

Eight hundred and thirty-three of these doses were administered January 10 in Regina (222), Saskatoon (54), Prince Albert (117), the Far North East (234) and North East (206) zones.
This brings the totals to 2,069 doses and 1,230 second doses of Pfizer in the Regina pilot program; 2,847 Pfizer doses in Saskatoon; 613 Pfizer doses in Prince Albert; 596 Moderna doses in the Far North West zone; 134 Moderna doses in the Far North Central zone; 1,071 Moderna doses in the Far North East zone; and 388 Moderna doses in the North East zone.

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