Two Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. Both deaths were reported in the Saskatoon zone with one individual from the 70-79 age group and the other in the 80-plus age group.
The provincial government is also reporting 180 new COVID-19 cases and 245 more recoveries on Wednesday. It brings the active case down to 1,968, the lowest active case count since Nov. 16 when there were 1,928 active cases in Saskatchewan.
The new cases are located in the Far North West (22), Far North Central (1), Far North East (3), North West (17), North Central (19), North East (2), Saskatoon (43), Central West (1), Central East (5), Regina (58), South East (4) and South Central (1) zones. Four (4) cases have pending residence information.
196 people are in hospital with 168 receiving inpatient care and 28 people in intensive care. 2,353 COVID-19 tests were processed in the province on Tuesday.
There were 638 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered on Tuesday, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 45,371 or 102 per cent of the doses received.
Locations that received vaccines from the 5,850 Pfizer doses received last week are nearing completion. The next Pfizer shipment of 1,950 doses is expected to arrive on Thursday in Prince Albert.
Staying close to home Family Day Week
With the Family Day break coming up next week, the provincial government has issued a couple tips to residents regarding the break.
“Keeping COVID-19 transmission low means building best public health practices into all your plans this Family Day week. Take the opportunity to get outdoors for your physical and mental health, even if it means that extra layer of long underwear,” reads the government release.
The government suggests the following:
• Stay safe this Family Day week by keeping your plans within your immediate household.
• If you are headed outdoors, you may gather in groups of ten with two metres of physical distancing between household groups. Food should not be shared between non-household members.
• Stay close to home. Non-essential travel is not recommended at this time. Travel outside our borders means you will be subject to the public health requirements for that jurisdiction, including mandatory quarantine upon return from any international destination.