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Record 187 total coronavirus hospitalizations in Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan reported its highest total number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations on Sunday.

In the province, 187 people are currently in hospital with COVID-19 — 156 are receiving inpatient care and 31 are in intensive care.

The Saskatchewan government said Sunday’s complete COVID-19 statistics — which excluded recoveries — were delayed due to an “unexpected, one-day staffing issue.” They added full details will be included in Monday’s update.

According to health officials, there were a total of 307 new cases in Sunday’s update, with the overall total for the province growing to 18,110 since the first case was reported in March 2020.

According to the press release, 3,222 COVID-19 tests were performed on Saturday in Saskatchewan. To date, 451,439 tests have been carried out in the province.

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A total of 7,929 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan as of Sunday, provincial government officials said. They noted some vaccinations taking place Saturday in the province’s north may not have been reported yet.

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There were no new COVID-19-related deaths reported in Saskatchewan with the overall total staying at 191.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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