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COVID-19 in Sask: 280 new cases, 190 recoveries, 5,504 vaccines delivered Friday –



Saskatchewan reported 280 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday — the single greatest daily increase in cases since January.

No new cases involving the more transmissible coronavirus variants of concern (VOC) were reported in Saskatchewan today, confirmed by whole genome sequencing, according to a news release from the province.

As of Saturday, 2,226 variants of concern have been identified in the province, and these cases are continuing to rise across southern Saskatchewan, particularly in the Moose Jaw and Weyburn areas. The Regina area still accounts for 84 per cent of the VOC cases with confirmed lineage reported in the province.

Of the 34,323 known COVID-19 cases to date in the province, 2,143 are considered active. 1078 of the active cases are in Regina.

The seven-day average of daily new cases in Saskatchewan is 220 — 17.9 new cases per 100,000 population. 

There were 280 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Saskatchewan on April 3, 2021. (Government of Saskatchewan.)

The new cases Sunday are in the following provincial zones:

  • Far north west: six.
  • Far north east: one.
  • North west: 18.
  • North central: three.
  • North east: 11.
  • Saskatoon: 51.
  • Central west: one.
  • Central east: 10.
  • Regina: 127.
  • South west: six.
  • South central: 20.
  • South east: 24.
  • Pending residence information: two.

There are currently 189 people in hospital in the province due to COVID-19, including 42 in intensive care.

The province also reported 190 new recoveries. There have been 31,744 known recoveries in total as of Saturday. 

To date, 677,547 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan, 3,336 of which were processed on Friday.

5,504 vaccinations Friday

The province says 5,504 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered Saturday. To date, a total of 214,246 doses have been administered in the province.

Three-quarters of long-term care home residents and one-fifth of Saskatchewan residents in their 80s have received their second dose of vaccine and are now fully vaccinated.

Keep Easter celebrations safe: province

The province is reminding Saskatchewan residents to abide by public health recommendations and consider hosting virtual gatherings over the Easter weekend. 

Except for the Regina region, private indoor gatherings must be from two to three consistent households and cannot exceed 10 people. 

In the Regina area, indoor private gatherings are limited to immediate households only, with the exception of individuals who live alone and single parents of minor children.

Travel in and out of the Regina area is not recommended unless absolutely necessary, and the province strongly discourages interprovincial and non-essential travel.

People planning Easter dinners are also encouraged to purchase their groceries ahead of time and have only one member of the household shopping. 

One person should handle the preparation of food and drink, following proper food safety protocols and wearing a non-medical mask, and all served food should be plated by a single person.

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330 people are in BC hospitals with COVID-19 – MY PG NOW



B.C. is reporting 832 new cases of COVID-19, 117 in Northern Health, 153 in Interior Health.

There are 5,697 active cases in the province, of those cases, 330 individuals are in hospital and 148 are in intensive care.

The north has 977 active cases, and the interior has 1,181.

87.3% of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of a vaccine and 79.9% received their second dose.

The new/active cases include:

* 377 new cases in Fraser Health
* Total active cases: 1,932

* 114 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
* Total active cases: 909

* 153 new cases in Interior Health
* Total active cases: 1,181

* 117 new cases in Northern Health
* Total active cases: 977

* 71 new cases in Island Health
* Total active cases: 654

* no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada
* Total active cases: 44

There were five new deaths reported, one was in Northern Health.

From Sept. 15-21, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 75.5% of cases and from Sept. 8-21, they accounted for 82.6% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Sept. 15-21) – Total 4,417

* Not vaccinated: 2,996 (67.8%)

* Partially vaccinated: 342 (7.7%)

* Fully vaccinated: 1,079 (24.4%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Sept. 8-21) – Total 437

* Not vaccinated: 327 (74.8%)

* Partially vaccinated: 34 (7.8%)

* Fully vaccinated: 76 (17.4%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 15-21)

* Not vaccinated: 289.0

* Partially vaccinated: 87.9

* Fully vaccinated: 27.0

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Sept. 8-21)

* Not vaccinated: 46.5

* Partially vaccinated: 13.3

* Fully vaccinated: 1.8

After factoring for age, people not vaccinated are 25.8 times more likely to be hospitalized than those fully vaccinated.

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U.S. CDC advisers recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for 65 and older, high risk –



An advisory panel at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and for some adults with underlying medical conditions.

The vote by the group on Thursday clears the way for a booster roll-out to begin as soon as this week for millions of people who had their second dose at least six months ago.

It also follows Wednesday’s emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for seniors 65 and up and for certain adults at a high risk of severe COVID-19.

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Man assaulted nurse over vaccinating his wife: Quebec cops – Toronto Sun



The man accused the nurse of having “vaccinated his wife without his consent” before repeatedly punching the woman in the face, police said.

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Sherbrooke police have turned to the public to help track down a man who assaulted a nurse Monday at a local pharmacy.

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Police say a man showed up at the office of a nurse assigned to give vaccinations at a pharmacy on 12th Ave. N.

“He was angry and aggressive,” said police spokesperson Martin Carrier.

The man accused the nurse of having “vaccinated his wife without his consent” before repeatedly punching the woman in the face and leaving, police said, adding that the nurse was taken to hospital to treat “serious” injuries to her face.

The man being sought is 30 to 45 years old, of medium build and has a dark complexion. He has short dark hair, dark eyes and “big eyebrows.”

The man spoke French and was wearing a dark sweater and jeans. He wore earrings and had a hand tattooed with what resembled the image of a cross.

Police are urging anyone with any information on the case to call them at 1-800-771-1800.

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