Saskatchewan health officials say a database error has been detected in the province’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Officials reported nine more COVID-19-related deaths Friday. The province has not reported a COVID-19-related death since January 6, 2022.
“The remarkable time without a new death being reported triggered a review of reporting systems, which resulted in the discovery of a database error.”
Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said the nine deaths occurred between January 1, 2022 and present time.
Dr. Saqib Shahab about Saskatchewan COVID-19 dashboard error
Shahab explained that a database filter that ended on December 31, 2021 was not updated, resulting in the missing reporting.
“The dashboard and database will continue to update information so that it remains as timely and accurate as possible,” Shahab told reporters.
He added that audits and reviews will be completed on an ongoing basis.
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Shahab said he was made aware that the audit was underway Friday morning.
“As far as I know, the government would not have been aware that these deaths did not come out of the system because of that data filter problem,” he said.
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In a statement to Global News, Prime Minister Scott Moe said although he is saddened to hear about the further COVID-19 deaths, it is important that the data has been discovered and now reported.
“It is worrying that this information was not properly reported in the government’s daily COVID-19 updates,” Moe added.
“Saskatchewan, however, continues to report the lowest COVID-19 death rate per capita in Canada for the month of January, among provinces that have adopted the strictest lockdown policies.”
Moe said the government will continue to track the data closely, but at present he does not expect further public health measures and restrictions
Officials also report 1,233 new PCR COVID-19 positive test results on Friday.
Friday’s new case comes from PCR test results completed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The province’s case counts do not include rapid test results self-administered by residents.
The province also reports 215 people in the hospital with COVID-19, including 23 in intensive care units.
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