April 17 COVID-19 update: two deaths, 334,063 vaccines, 249 new cases, two new deaths

Important note: The total provincial active cases and provincial recoveries plus regional breakdowns are unavailable for Saturday, April 17, due to a data reporting issue involving multiple case location reassignments.

Vaccines Reported

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An additional 10,490 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 334,063.  

The 10,490 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following regions: Far North West (41), Far North Central (2), Far North East (225), North West (1,113), North Central (1,133), North East (86), Saskatoon (2,823), Central West (172), Central East (652), Regina (2,582), South West (334), South Central (655) and South East (382).  There were 290 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

Fifty-nine per cent of Saskatchewan residents age 50+ have received their first dose:

Status of Priority Population Vaccinations, as of April 16, 2021

Group

Estimated 
Population

Received 
First Dose

Received 
Second Dose

LTC Residents

8,392

7,752 (92%)

6,853 (82%)

PCH Residents

4,247

5,866 (138%)

3,719 (87%)

Age 80+

51,304

43,742 (85%)

12,095 (24%)

Age 70-79

79,817

64,764 (81%)

5,218 (7%)

Age 60-69

138,471

87,627 (63%)

4,838 (3%)

Age 50-59

147,466

51,275 (35%)

6,108 (4%)

Phase 1 health care workers

(includes LTC and PCH staff)

40,500

28,625 (71%)

18,490 (46%)

All vaccine administration details for the province, including first and second doses, can be found on the dashboard at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness.  As the source database for vaccine information, Panorama is subject to continuous data updates which may result in revised counts, day over day.

The Ministry of Health has been informed of a reduction in the April 26 Moderna shipment. Saskatchewan's allocation has been reduced by 47 per cent, from 35,800 doses to 18,800 doses.  The Ministry is working with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Indigenous Services Canada to determine the potential impact this reduction could have on booked appointments, and the pharmacy vaccination pilot project, and will have an update in the coming days.

Vaccination Booking System Open to Ages 48+ 

In an effort to continue to protect residents as quickly as possible, the eligible age for booking vaccination appointments online or by telephone has been lowered to 48 years.  Appointments can be made online at 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).

Additional information on how to book your appointment is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-booking.

Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinics Open to 48-54 Years 

All drive-thru and walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available to residents aged 48-54 years.

Vaccine supply remains limited and drive-thru/walk-in clinics may close early when all vaccine is administered.

The drive-thru immunization clinic in Regina has now used up its supply of vaccine and has temporarily closed.  Unless there is an unexpected increase in available vaccine supply, the Regina drive-thru clinic is not anticipated to re-open until May 2.

For further information on drive-thru clinics in the province, including hours of operation and wait times, see www.saskhealthauthority.ca/news/service-alerts-emergency-events/Pages/COVID-19-Vaccine-Drive-Thru-Wait-Times.aspx.

Daily COVID-19 Statistics

There are 249 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on April 17, bringing the provincial total to 37,873 cases.  Nine (9) cases that were tested out of province have been added to the Far North West (2), Far North East (1), North West (1), North Central (3), Central East (1) and pending (1) counts.  Three (3) cases not previously reported were added to the North West (1), Saskatoon (1) and South West (1) zones.  Three (3) cases previously reported were removed from the North West (2) and Saskatoon (1) zones.

There are two new deaths to report today.  One death was reported in the 40-49 age group from the Central East zone.  One death was reported in the 80+ age group from the North West zone.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (3), Far North East (3), North West (14), North Central (10), North East (7), Saskatoon (56), Central West (12), Central East (8), Regina (73), South West (18), South Central (8) and South East (29) zones.  Eight (8) new cases have pending residence information.  Forty-three cases with pending residence information have been assigned to the Far North East (2), North West (15), North Central (3), Saskatoon (3), Central East (1), Regina (13), South West (2), South Central (1) and South East (3) zones.

The total number of recoveries and total number of active cases in Saskatchewan are not available today.  They will be included in tomorrow's update.

One hundred and ninety-two (192) people are in hospital.  One hundred and forty-five (145) people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (1), Far North East (1), North West (5), North Central (7), North East (1), Saskatoon (39), Central East (10), Regina (66), South West (1), South Central (6) and South East (8).  Forty-seven (47) people are in intensive care: North Central (3), Saskatoon (10), Central East (1), Regina (31) and South Central (2).

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 266 (21.7 new cases per 100,000). A chart comparing today's average to data collected over the past several months is available on the Government of Saskatchewan website at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-cases.

There were 3,643 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on April 16, 2021.

To date, 724,868 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.   As of April 15, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 607,737 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 780,205 tests performed per million population.

As of April 17, 4,529 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the Far North West (21), Far North East (3), North West (59), North Central (51), North East (5), Saskatoon (424), Central West (52), Central East (164), Regina (2,792), South West (98), South Central (376) and South East (430) zones.  There are 54 cases with residence pending.

These were previously reported as "presumptive positives," but all screening tests will be considered confirmed VOCs for the purposes of public reporting and contact investigations.

There are zero new lineage results being reported today.  Of the 1,712 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 1,703 are B.1.1.1.7 (UK) and nine are B.1.351 (SA).  The Regina zone accounts for 1,294 (76 per cent) of the VOC cases with confirmed lineage reported in Saskatchewan.

Please note that these VOCs may have been initially identified via means other than screening (i.e. selection for whole genome sequencing without screening) and that whole genome sequencing results to identify lineage are included in the screening results.

Confirmed variant of concern cases may appear in both columns on the website, depending on testing for that case.  Adding the cases identified by screening and those that have received whole genome sequencing may result in double-counting individual cases.  

Further statistics on the total number of cases among healthcare workers, breakdowns of total cases by source of infection, age, sex and region, total tests to date, per capita testing rate and current numbers of confirmed variants of concern can be found at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-cases.

Public Health Measures

Due to increased COVID-19 transmission risk in Saskatchewan, the Chief Medical Health Officer announced amendments to the Public Health Order.

Effective April 13, household bubbles are limited to immediate household members only for all of Saskatchewan.  Persons who live alone and single parents of minor children are permitted to meet with one consistent household of less than five individuals.  Co-parenting arrangements are permitted to continue.  Caregivers, support personnel and tradespersons who are not a member of the household are not included in the maximum number of people allowed in that household.

The new Public Health Order also includes limits on worship gathering sizes to allow no more than 30 people effective.

Full details on current public health measures, including the additional measures in effect for Regina and area, can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-measures.

These Public Health Order measures are in effect until April 26 and will be reviewed at that time.

Residents are also urged to adhere to best personal protective measures:

Wear your mask in all public places including all workplaces

Wash non-medical masks daily

Maintain physical distancing

Wash your hands frequently

Reduce activities outside of your home.  Order take-out or curbside pick-up.  If you are able to work from home, work from home at this time.

Avoid all unnecessary travel throughout the province at this time

If you have any symptoms, stay home and arrange for a COVID-19 test.  If anyone in your home has symptoms, the entire household should remain home until the test results are known.  Testing information is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-information.

General COVID-19 Information

General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.

Know your risk.  Keep yourself and others safe: www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/about-covid-19/know-your-risk.

 

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