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Saskatchewan reports 41 in ICUs, 156 new COVID-19 infections

There are 156 new COVID-19 infections in Saskatchewan as of Thursday, according to health officials. Don Mitchell / Global News

After 15 straight days of increases, Saskatchewan’s COVID-19-related death toll remained at 501 with no new deaths reported in the provincial government’s daily update.

Health officials said on Thursday there were 156 new cases, with the overall infection total in Saskatchewan now at 42,376. The increase of new infections is the lowest since March 23, when 150 were reported.

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The seven-day average of new daily infections is down to 216 from 224 on Wednesday. This is the lowest average reported since April 2 when it was 213.

According to the provincial government, 115 new variants of concern (VOC) cases have been identified in Saskatchewan while the total (7,695) is reported as follows: far north west (171), far north east (2), north west (249), north central (181), north east (32), Saskatoon (906), central west (87), central east (328), Regina (4,047), south west (236), south central (564) and south east (775) zones. The residences of 117 VOC cases are pending.

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The province’s hospitals are currently providing care for 173 patients with COVID-19 — 132 are receiving inpatient care and 41 are in intensive care.

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Active cases, which are total cases minus recoveries and deaths, now sit at 2,158 in Saskatchewan, according to the press release. This is the lowest number reported since April 8, when there were 2,141.

The total number of people who have recovered from the virus has grown to 39,717 following 265 more recoveries, provincial health officials said.

According to the press release, 3,494 COVID-19 tests were performed on Wednesday. To date, 789,619 tests have been carried out in the province.

A total of 480,910 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, provincial government officials said.

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

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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.

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.

For full COVID-19 coverage, visit the Global News coronavirus web page.

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