Saskatchewan had its lowest daily number of new COVID-19 infections so far this year as the number of fully-vaccinated residents reportedly topped half a million.
Health officials said Tuesday there were 14 new cases, bringing the overall infection total in Saskatchewan to 48,992. The seven-day average of new daily infections was down to 28 from 33 on Monday, which is the lowest since Oct. 13, 2020, when it was 27.
According to the provincial government, four new variant of concern (VOC) cases have been identified in Saskatchewan, while the total is reported at 12,212.
A total of 1,233,534 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, provincial government officials said. They added that 501,464 people have now been fully vaccinated in the province.
The province reported one new COVID-19-related death on Tuesday, bringing Saskatchewan’s total up to 569 since the pandemic began. The recently deceased was in their 30s and from the north west zone, officials said.
The province’s hospitals are currently providing care for 62 patients with COVID-19: 52 are receiving inpatient care and 10 are in ICUs.
The province’s active COVID-19 cases have decreased and now sit at 360. It is the lowest number reported since Oct. 16, 2020, when there were 299.
The total number of people who have recovered from the virus has grown to 48,110 following 60 more recoveries, provincial health officials said.
According to the press release, 1,549 COVID-19 tests were performed on Monday. To date, 925,232 tests have been carried out in the province.
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