Saskatchewan has exceeded another milestone since the pandemic began with over 47,000 total COVID-19 infections after 131 cases were added on Thursday.
There have now been a total of 47,097 reported infections and the seven-day average of daily cases was up to 133 from 131 on Wednesday.
The province added two COVID-19-related deaths for a total of 543, according to a press release. The recently deceased were reported in the 80-plus age group and from the north west zone.
According to the provincial government, 174 new variants of concern (VOC) cases have been identified in Saskatchewan while the total is reported at 10,986. The residences of 66 VOC cases are pending.
The province’s hospitals are currently providing care for 100 patients with COVID-19: 77 are receiving inpatient care and 23 are in intensive care, including two out-of-province transfers from Manitoba.
Active cases, which are total cases minus recoveries and deaths, now sit at 1,314 in Saskatchewan, according to the press release.
The total number of people who have recovered from the virus has grown to 45,240 following 102 more recoveries, provincial health officials said.
According to the press release, 2,287 COVID-19 tests were performed on Wednesday. To date, 868,090 tests have been carried out in the province.
A total of 754,830 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, provincial government officials said. They added 102,175 residents have now been full vaccinated.
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.
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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