Changes are being made to the provincial government’s COVID-19 public health order.
As of now, household bubbles are now once again restricted to immediate households only for all of Saskatchewan. In addition, the limits of worship gathering sizes to allow no more than 30 will take effect as of 12:01 a.m Friday.
The information comes as the province announces 288 new cases with two new deaths. Those deaths are both people in the Regina zone. One was in their 30’s while the other was in their 60’s. This brings the provincial death total to 457.
Once again, the Regina region leads the way when it comes to new cases as there are 117 bringing the active case count for the zone to 1,019 with the provincial count at 2,555. The other new cases are located in the Far North West (4), North West (31), North Central (5), North East (3), Saskatoon (44), Central West (2), Central East (22), South West (18), South Central (17) and South East (17) zones.
There are now 202 people in hospital. 161 are receiving inpatient care while 41 are in the intensive care unit.
As of April 13, 3,813 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan which is an increase of 328 from yesterday. The VoC’s have been reported in the Far North West (8), Far North East (2), North West (28), North Central (44), North East (3), Saskatoon (302), Central West (29), Central East (111), Regina (2,505), South West (40), South Central (329) and South East (371) zones.
The seven-day average of daily new cases is 271 (22.1 new cases per 100,000).
When it comes to vaccinations, 7,846 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were handed out Monday bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 298,767. The Regina, Saskatoon and southeast zones saw the most inoculations performed.
The government is also announcing the eligible age for booking vaccination appointments online or by telephone is also being lowered from 55 to 52. This change will take effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday April 14. Online appointments can be made by visiting www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19. People who do not have a cell phone or email account or need assistance can book by calling 1-833-SaskVax (1-833-727-5829).