Latest COVID update December 29: 293 new cases, 4 deaths

Latest COVID update December 29: 293 new cases, 4 deaths

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Saskatchewan has been reporting its highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases for more than two months.

The Ministry of Health’s update on Wednesday said there were 293 new cases, the most since 300 new cases were announced on October 22nd.

There were 132 more cases of the Omicron variant discovered in Saskatchewan, increasing the total number to date to 956 (66 confirmed, 890 probable).

A further four Saskatchewan residents have died as a result of COVID, increasing the province’s total to date to 951.

Among the most recently killed were three people in the age group of 60 to 79 and one from the age group of 80 and over. Three of the persons lived in the southeastern zone, and the fourth was from the central-eastern region.

The number of active cases rose to 1,645, the highest rating since it was 1,665 on November 7th.

A look at the numbers

The new cases were reported in Regina (138), Saskatoon (60), south-central (19), central-east (13), southeast (12), central-west (five), northwest (four), northeast (four ), far northeast (three), north-central (three), southwest (two) and far northwest (one) zones. The hometowns for 29 cases are pending.

Four people tested positive outside Saskatchewan were added to the province’s total, which now stands at 83,855.

The new cases included 157 people who were considered fully vaccinated, with 57 of those people in their 20s. There were also 134 unvaccinated people – including 34 children under the age of 11 – and two people who were partially vaccinated.

The seven-day average of new COVID cases rose to 200, or 16.6 per 100,000 people. It has not been that high since it was 203 on the 30th of October.

The 76 reported recoveries increased the total number so far to 81,259.

There were 83 COVID patients in Saskatchewan hospitals, of whom 68 received hospitalization and 15 in intensive care. Hospital admissions rose by three from Tuesday’s report, but ICU cases fell by one.

The 925 vaccinations performed in the province in the most recent reporting period included 376 first shots and 549 second doses.

To date, nearly 1.8 million COVID vaccinations have been performed in Saskatchewan, including more than 855,000 secondary shots.

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