March 13, 2021

COVID-19 Update for March 13: Vaccines Administered Surpasses 100,000 Milestone, 153 New Cases, 120 Recoveries, One New Death

An additional 1,624 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, surpassing the 100,000 vaccination milestone and bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 100,195.

The 1,624 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered in the following regions: North West (237), North Central (298), Saskatoon (474), Central East (63), Regina (400) and South East (152).

Vaccines Reported

For a listing of first and second doses in Saskatchewan administered by geographic zone, visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-update.

COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings for 76+ Saturday, Expanding to 72+ On Sunday

Starting at 8 a.m. this morning, the Saskatchewan Health Authority Patient Booking System expanded COVID-19 vaccine appointment options to include individuals 76 years of age and older. Starting Sunday, March 14 at 8 a.m., the SHA Patient Booking System will include individuals 72 years of age and older.  People meeting this criteria can book their appointments online 24/7 using their health cards at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine; or by calling 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Additional information on eligibility and how to book your appointment is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/vaccine-booking.

AstraZeneca vaccine clinic opens for 64 year old only this Monday in Regina

Beginning on Monday March 15, 2021, Regina will open a drive-thru immunization clinic to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine to ONLY those aged 64 years of age on the grounds of the Regina Exhibition Association Ltd (REAL).  The site will begin to open up to additional ages, in reverse order from oldest to youngest, in the days after.

The drive-thru site will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  ONLY those aged 64 years of age (with a birthdate between March 16, 1956 and March 15, 1957) on Monday March 15, 2021, will be eligible that day.  You cannot pre-book an appointment for the drive-thru clinics.

Health officials are currently working on expanding availability of the AstraZeneca vaccine to a wider age range in the Regina area.  Additional details will be announced in the coming days.

Daily COVID-19 Statistics

There are 153 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on March 13, bringing the provincial total to 30,522 cases.

One Saskatchewan resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.  The death was reported in the 70-79 age group in the Saskatoon zone.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (2), Far North Central (5), Far North East (8), North West (9), North Central (4), North East (7), Saskatoon (16), Central East (13), Regina (64), South West (1), South Central (14) and South East (5) zones. Five (5) new cases are pending residence information. Three (3) cases with pending residence information were assigned to the North West zone.

There are a total of 28,648 recoveries and 1,469 cases are considered active.

One hundred thirty-three (133) people are in hospital.  One hundred and three (103) people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West (2), Far North East (1), North West (9), North Central (6), Saskatoon (45), Central East (4), Regina (32), South Central (2) and South East (2).  Thirty (30) people are in intensive care: North West (1), North Central (1), Saskatoon (14), Central East (2) and Regina (12).

There were 2,859 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on March 12, 2021.

To date, 608,841 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of March 11, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 510,806 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 675,272 tests performed per million population.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 133 (10.9 new cases per 100,000), the lowest seven-day average since November 13.  A chart comparing today's average to data collected over the past several months is available on the Government of Saskatchewan website.  Please visit https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-cases.

Further statistics on the total number of cases among healthcare workers, breakdowns of total cases by source of infection, age, sex and region, total tests to date, the per capita testing rate and current numbers of variants of concern can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website.  Please visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/cases-and-risk-of-covid-19-in-saskatchewan.

Interrupt COVID-19 Transmission in Regina

With an increase of community transmission of variants of concern in Regina, public health officials are asking all those who live and work in Regina to re-commit to best prevention practices to protect against COVID-19.

  • Wear your mask in all public places
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • If you are able to work from home, work from home at this time
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid all unnecessary travel

At this time, it is recommended that Regina and area residents - particularly those over age 50 - should not consider increasing their household bubbles to include 2-3 households up to 10 people.  They should consider remaining with their current household only.

Many of Regina's outbreaks are a result of people of going to work and public places while symptomatic.  If you have any symptoms, stay home and arrange for a COVID-19 test at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-information.

Enforcing Public Health Measures

Enforcement of public health orders is permitted under The Public Health Act, 1994.  Public health inspectors will be supported in their efforts to ticket violators to ensure that businesses and events are brought into compliance as quickly as possible, in addition to the enforcement efforts that have been undertaken by police agencies throughout the province.

For more information on the current public health measures or to see the Public Health Order, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-measures.

General COVID-19 Information

General public inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

Know your risk.  Keep yourself and others safe.  www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/about-covid-19/know-your-risk.