Saturday’s COVID-19 data shows 280 new cases in Saskatchewan, with 127 of them in Regina.
Saskatoon accounted for 51 new cases, while the south east reported 24, and 20 came from the south central. Other zones that reported cases include the north west (18), the north east (11), the central east (10), the south west (6), the far north west (6), the north central (3), the central west (one) and the far north east (one). Two more cases are pending resident location.
The seven-day average for new daily cases is 220, which is equal to 17.9 new cases per 100,000 residents.
190 people have recovered, but the active case count still went up significantly to 2,143.
Hospitalizations are also on the rise. Of the 189 patients in hospital, 42 are in ICU.
When it comes to Variants of Concern (VoC), the last available data from April 2 shows 2,226 variant cases in Saskatchewan, with 1,578 of those coming from Regina.
The province is indicating that VoC cases are on the rise in other parts of the province as well, including Moose Jaw and Weyburn. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is urging residents to take necessary precautions including staying home if you are symptomatic, wearing a mask, and maintain two meters (six feet) of social distancing.
A total of 3,336 COVID-19 tests were processed in Saskatchewan.
Over 214,000 COVID vaccines administered in Saskatchewan
After 5,504 doses of COVID vaccine were administered in Saskatchewan on Friday, the province says 214,246 total doses have been administered. 39,119 of those are second doses.
COVID vaccination bookings are open to residents 58 and older, and drive-thru locations are open in Swift Current, Regina, Prince Albert and North Battleford, and are open to residents 55 and older.
When it comes to priority populations, 75 percent of long term care home residents have received their second dose of the vaccine, while 76% of personal care home residents have also received a second dose.
Forty-two percent of Phase One health care workers have received their second dose as well.