There are 274 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.
The new cases are located in the Far North West (8), Far North East (45), North West (36), North Central (40), North East (12), Saskatoon (72), Central West (7), Central East (12), Regina (10), South West (7), South Central (2) and South East (3) zones and 20 new cases have pending residence information and brings the active case count up over the 2,200 mark as it now stands at 2,204
There are also two new deaths to report bringing the provincial total to 603.
There are 130 people in hospital including 30 in the ICU. Of the 130 patients, 97 (74.6%) were not fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 new cases and vaccination status, August 31, 2021
|Age Group||Unvaccinated||Vaccinated, with One dose, and or two doses <14 days||Vaccinated, Second dose >=14 days||Total new cases|
Only 682 vaccines were handed out Tuesday with 359 of those going to people who have now had both shots and are now fully vaccinated.
The seven-day average of new cases is now up to 248. The number has not been that high since April 28.
Meanwhile, the government is saying a pilot program will be launched in a small selection of schools to provide COVID-19 self-testing rapid antigen kits to families with students under age 12. This age group is currently not eligible to be vaccinated. The 24 schools included in the pilot program will be determined in consultation with the school divisions and Medical Health Officers based on a variety of factors such as vaccination coverage, active cases, hospitalizations and school outbreaks. More schools will participate as the program evolves.
With the resumption of in-class learning, parents with eligible children in participating schools will receive notification from those schools on receiving testing kits.