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COVID-19: Sask. hits milestone 500K total vaccinations, reports 269 new cases

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The guessing game of when you'll be able to get your vaccine is over. The province plans to open up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone over the age of 12 within two weeks. Roberta Bell has the details – May 8, 2021

Health-care workers across Saskatchewan administered 13,042 COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, bringing the provincial total up to 504,482.

Read more: All Saskatchewan residents 12+ eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by May 20: officials

Provincial officials also added 269 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the active cases total to 2,293.

Saskatoon reported the most new cases with 73 new infections, followed by Regina with 51.

There were no new deaths reported Saturday, with the total deaths in province remaining at 502 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The province’s hospitals are treating 168 people who have COVID-19. Of those patients, 42 are receiving intensive care. There are 20 ICU patients in Regina, 15 in Saskatoon, three in the north central zone, two in the central east, and 1 each in the south west and south central.

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As of Friday, 8,103 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan. Officials reported 83 new lineage results on Saturday.

Of the 3,114 variants of concern with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 3,064 are B.1.1.7 (U.K.), 41 are P.1 (Brazilian) and nine are B.1.351 (South African).

With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, officials are reminding everyone to continue following the public health order.

“While we all want to show that special person who raised us we care, mom would also want us to stay safe,” a press release read.

Read more: As India’s COVID-19 cases climb, neighbouring Bangladesh faces variant threats

Officials suggested a number of different options to celebrate the holiday, such as planning a virtual visit or meeting outside for a walk.

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