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Saskatchewan adds 499 COVID-19 cases, 228 currently in hospital

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority is bracing for what could be the largest surge in COVID-19 cases yet. – Sep 17, 2021

Health officials in Saskatchewan reported 499 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

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Saskatoon continues to be the hotspot of the province, reporting 107 of the cases today with 1,030 active in the region.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 467 or 38.7 per 100,000 population.

One more resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, the province also reported Saturday.

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USask epidemiologist on new Saskatchewan mandates – Sep 17, 2021

The test positivity rate for Saturday’s update was 11.2 per cent.

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A day after the provincial government announced proof-of-vaccination requirements, health-care workers administered 964 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine compared to Thursday.

A total of 4,251 doses were administered since the province’s last report on Friday.

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There are now 228 patients in hospital with COVID-19, including 51 in ICU.

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