Daily COVID-19 infections 2nd highest, with 56 in Saskatchewan ICUs

Click to play video: 'Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children aged 5-11' Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children aged 5-11
WATCH: Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch explains the new findings of clinical trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on children between the ages of 5-11 and how soon it could be approved for use for that age group – Sep 20, 2021

The second-most COVID-19 cases in a single day were added to Saskatchewan’s total as well as two deaths on Monday.

According to the provincial government’s dashboard, there were 519 new cases, bringing the overall infection total in Saskatchewan to 62,101. On Sept. 19, Saskatchewan saw 543 new infections.

The recently deceased who tested positive for the virus were in the 60-to-79 and 80-plus age groups. There have been 641 COVID-19-related deaths in the province.

Read more: Digital QR code launched in Saskatchewan for proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Saskatchewan’s hospitals are currently providing care for 253 patients with COVID-19: 197 are receiving inpatient care and 56 are in intensive care units. This is the most hospitalizations and number of ICU patients to date.

Story continues below advertisement

The seven-day average of new daily infections grew to a new record high of 494 from 484 on Sept. 19.

Saskatchewan’s active infections have increased and now sit at 4,672. It is the highest number since Dec. 7, 2020, when it was 4,763. The Saskatoon zone leads the province with 1,157.

Read more: What does waning COVID-19 vaccine immunity mean? Experts say term is misleading

The number of recoveries from the virus has grown by 431 to a total of 57,307.

According to the dashboard, 3,940 COVID-19 tests were performed on Sept. 19. To date, 1,094,674 tests have been carried out in the province.

A total of 1,522,709 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, the dashboard showed. Of Monday’s 519 new cases, the provincial government said 407 were unvaccinated, which included 89 children under the age of 12.

Click to play video: 'Health experts asking people to get vaccinated, follow health protocols for federal election' Health experts asking people to get vaccinated, follow health protocols for federal election
Health experts asking people to get vaccinated, follow health protocols for federal election – Sep 19, 2021

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

Story continues below advertisement

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.


Sponsored content