July 07, 2021

COVID-19 Update for July 7: 1,247,253 Vaccines Administered, 53 New Cases, 40 Recoveries, One New Death

An additional 13,719 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,247,253. Over half a million Saskatchewan residents are now fully vaccinated.

Vaccines Reported
The additional 13,719 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following zones: Far North West, 130; Far North Central, 6; Far North East, 153; North West, 1,620; North Central, 1,008; North East, 561; Saskatoon, 4,050; Central West, 311; Central East, 730; Regina, 3,311; South West, 279; South Central, 329; and South East, 811.  There were 420 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

Seventy-one per cent of those 12+ have received their first dose and 50 per cent of those 12+ are fully vaccinated.

Status of Population Vaccinations, as of July 6, 2021

 

Group

Estimated
Population

Received
First Dose

Fully 
Vaccinated

Age 80+

51,304

47,622 (93%)

44,452 (87%)

 Age 70-79

79,817

73,849 (93%)

68,022 (85%)

Age 60-69

138,471

120,419 (87%)

105,828 (76%)

Age 50-59

147,466

111,991 (76%)

88,995 (60%)

Age 40-49

151,896

107,151 (71%)

72,588 (48%)

Age 30-39

183,246

112,114 (61%)

65,224 (36%)

Age 18-29

189,909

107,459 (57%)

52,317 (28%)

Age 12-17

90,987

53,087 (58%)

16,024 (18%)

All vaccine administration details for the province, including first and second doses, can be found at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness.

All Residents 12+ Eligible for COVID-19 First and Second Dose Immunizations
All Saskatchewan residents 12 years and older who have received their first dose of vaccine are now eligible to receive their second dose following a 28-day interval.

Whether seeking your first or second dose, vaccination appointments can be booked through the Saskatchewan Health Authority online at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 or by calling 1-833-SaskVax (1-833-727-5829).  Street addresses and hours of operation for drive-thru and walk-in clinics are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/drive-thru-vax.

A map of participating pharmacies across the province is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-pharmacies.  This online tool includes links to pharmacy booking websites and provides details on the vaccine brand being offered at each location.

Daily COVID-19 Statistics
There are 53 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on July 7, bringing the provincial total to 49,039 cases.

The new cases are located in the following zones: Far North West, 5; Far North East, 3; North West, 1; North Central, 5; Saskatoon, 6; Central West, 3; Regina, 13; and South West, 10. Seven cases are pending residence information.  Two cases were reassigned to the following zones: Regina, 1; and South East, 1. Seven cases were found to be out-of-province residents and were removed from the following zones: Far North East, 1; North West, 1; Saskatoon, 1; and Regina, 4. One case, a Saskatchewan resident tested out-of-province, was added to the Saskatoon zone.

One new death was reported today in the 40 to 49 age group from the North West zone.

Recoveries total 48,150 and 319 cases are considered active.

There are 64 people in hospital.  Fifty-four are receiving inpatient care: North West, 4; North Central, 7; Saskatoon, 23; Central West, 1; Central East, 3; Regina, 12; South Central, 3; and South East, 1.  Ten are in intensive care: North West, 1; North Central, 2; Saskatoon, 4; and Regina, 3.

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case number is 31 (2.6 per 100,000).  A chart comparing today's average to data collected over the past several months is available at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-cases.

There were 2,396 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on July 6, 2021.

To date, 927,628 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of July 5, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 780,800 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 975,828.

Some First Nations, including Hatchet Lake, use a rapid testing machine provided by the federal government to support rapid case contact identification.  Positive cases need to then be manually entered into the provincial system.  Data entry into the provincial system has been delayed while staff work on the immediate outbreak response.  Additional staffing supports have been brought in and staff will be working on entering the COVID tests into the provincial system.

As of July 6, 12,231 Variants of Concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the following zones: Far North West, 324; Far North Central, 4; Far North East, 87; North West, 836; North Central, 633; North East, 80; Saskatoon, 2,127; Central West, 149; Central East, 651; Regina, 4,813; South West, 409; South Central, 889; and South East, 1,146.  There are 83 screened VOCs with residence pending.

There were no new lineage results reported for Variants of Concern today.  Of the 7,515 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 6,816 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 385 are Gamma (P.1), 304 are Delta (B.1.617.2) and 10 are Beta (B.1.351).

Confirmed variant of concern cases may appear in both columns on the website, depending on testing for that case.  Adding the cases identified by screening and those that have received whole genome sequencing may result in double-counting individual cases.

Provincial COVID-19 statistics on the total number of cases among health care workers, breakdowns of total cases by source of infection, age, sex and region, total tests to date, per capita testing rate and current numbers of confirmed variants of concern can be found at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-cases.

Limit Transmission of Variants of Concern in your Community - Get Vaccinated
The number of confirmed cases of the Delta variant has increased significantly in the last two weeks.  The Delta variant is assumed to be 1.5 times more transmissible and twice as virulent as the Alpha variant.

Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required for optimal protection against the Delta variant.  Residents are strongly encouraged to get their first and second doses as soon as possible.

Getting tested also assists the monitoring of active cases and variants of concern in the province.  Even if experiencing mild symptoms, stay home and seek a COVID-19 test.  COVID-19 testing is available to all residents.  You can receive a referral for COVID-19 testing through HealthLine 811 or a health care provider, and drive-thru testing sites are available without a referral seven days a week in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton and Prince Albert.  Information on symptoms to watch for and how to get tested is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-testing.

Saskatchewan's Re-Opening Roadmap - All Public Health Measures to Be Lifted July 11
With more than 70 per cent of residents over the age of 12 having received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the full implementation of Step 3 of the Re-Opening Roadmap will occur on Sunday, July 11.

That means that as of Sunday, July 11, all public health orders will be removed.  This includes the removal of the province-wide mandatory masking order, and the removal of limits on events and gathering sizes.

General COVID-19 Information
General public inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

Know your risk.  Keep yourself and others safe.

www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-know-your-risk.