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COVID-19: 77 new cases as hospitalizations continue to decline

Saskatchewan reported 77 new cases on Saturday, marking more than two weeks of fewer than 100 daily new cases.

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The number of people with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan hospitals continues to decline gradually, with the number of daily cases remaining well below 100.

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Hospitalizations in the province fell by eight, from 117 Friday to 109 Saturday. This included 34 people in intensive care. A patient receiving care in an intensive care unit in Ontario is not included in this number. This is the lowest number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized since the end of August.

Saskatchewan also reported 77 new cases on Saturday, marking more than two weeks of daily new cases under 100. Almost a quarter of new cases are in children aged 5 to 11.

The seven-day average of new daily cases edged up to 61, while active cases edged down to 650 as another 137 people recovered.

The province’s COVID-19 online dashboard also reported that 57 Saskatchewan residents who tested positive outside the province have now been added to the provincial total of cases. That total now stands at 81,780 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Saturday’s new cases are in the Northwest (three), North Central (five), Saskatoon (22), East Central (21), Regina (11), Southwest (one), the south-central (two) and the southeast (eight). Four other new cases are awaiting information on the residence.

A total of 1,663 tests were processed on Friday for a daily test positivity rate of 4.6%.

As of Friday, 2,444 more doses of vaccine were administered, of which 1,396 were used as first injections as the rollout of immunization for children aged 5 to 11 continues.

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