March 28, 2021

COVID-19 Update for March 28: 173,696 Vaccines Administered, 248 New Cases, 112 Recoveries, Three New Deaths

An additional 6,187 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 173,696.

Vaccines Reported

The 6,187 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered in the following regions: Far North East (11), North Central (425), Saskatoon (1,917), Central East (1,113), Regina (1,469) and South Central (1,252).

The appointment booking system is currently available to residents 62 years and older.  These residents are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccinations and can do so online or by phone.  Additional information on how to book your appointment is available at

Three-quarters of Saskatchewan residents in their 80s and more than 40 per cent of residents in their 70s have now received their first dose of vaccine:

Status of Priority Population Vaccinations, as of March 27, 2021



Estimated Population 

Received First Dose

Received Second Dose

LTC Residents


7,651 (91%)

6,135 (73%)

PCH Residents


4,664 (105%)

2,712 (64%)

Age 80+


38,509 (75%)

9,726 (19%)

Age 70-79


32,897 (41%)

4,510 (6%)

Phase 1 health care workers (includes LTC and PCH staff)


23,756 (59%)

16,212 (40%)

*An individual may be counted in more than one category (e.g. an 85-year-old LTC resident will be counted in the LTC-resident category, the 70+ category and the 80+ category).  Effective March 5, Saskatchewan implemented the delayed second dose policy.  This does not apply to residents of LTC and PCH and those priority Phase 1 individuals who had scheduled appointments to receive their second dose.  All populations receiving vaccinations after March 5 will receive their second dose after all Saskatchewan adults have been offered their first dose.

For a listing of first and second doses in Saskatchewan administered by geographic zone, visit

Daily COVID-19 Statistics

There are 248 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on March 28, bringing the provincial total to 33,031 cases.

Three Saskatchewan residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.  Two deaths were reported in the Regina zone in the 80+ age group. One death was reported in the South East zone in the 80+ age group.

The new cases are located in the Far North West (4), Far North East (4), North West (4), North Central (16), North East (4), Saskatoon (24), Central West (1), Central East (10), Regina (130), South West (1), South Central (17) and South East (32) zones. There is one case with pending residence.

There are a total of 30,648 recoveries and 1,950 cases are considered active.

One hundred fifty-five (155) people are in hospital.  One hundred and twenty-eight (128) people are receiving inpatient care: Far North East (1), North West (4), North Central (7), North East (1), Saskatoon (36), Central East (10), Regina (59), South West (1), South Central (1) and South East (8).  Twenty-seven (27) people are in intensive care: North West (1), Saskatoon (6), Central East (2), Regina (17) and South West (1).

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 200 (16.3 new cases per 100,000).  A chart comparing today's average to data collected over the past several months is available on the Government of Saskatchewan website.  Please visit

There were 3,748 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on March 27, 2021.

To date, 656,103 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of March 26, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 549,205 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 716,577 tests performed per million population.

Please note: Variants of concern (VOC) are beginning to rise across southern Saskatchewan, particularly in the Moose Jaw area. Moose Jaw residents are urged to follow the same guidelines as outlined for the City of Regina and area. As of March 27, 1,365 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the Far North East (1), Saskatoon (17), Central West (1), Central East (25), Regina (1,126), South Central (104) and South East (91) zones.  These have previously been reported as "presumptive positives" but all screening tests will be considered confirmed VOCs for the purposes of public reporting and contact investigations.

There are no new lineage results reported today.  Of the 494 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 486 are B1.1.1.7 (UK) and eight are B1.351 (SA).  The Regina zone accounts for 410 (or 83 per cent) of the VOC cases with confirmed lineage reported in Saskatchewan.  One VOC case with identified lineage was removed from the Saskatoon total, as it requires further investigation.  Please note that these VOC may have been initially identified via means other than screening (i.e. selection for whole genome sequencing without screening) and that whole genome sequencing results to identify lineage are included in the screening results.

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.

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 confirmed variants of concern can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan website.  Please visit

Reminder - Additional Regina Region Public Health Measures Effective Sunday

In addition to the restriction on household gatherings and the travel advisory for Regina and area, the Ministry of Health notes that effective 12:01 a.m., today, Sunday March 28:

  • All restaurants and licensed establishments must close for in-person dining.  Take-out and delivery is permitted.  Video lottery terminals (VLTs) will also be closed in these locations.
  • The following venues are closed: banquet and conference facilities, community halls, galleries, museums, libraries, live theatres, movie theatres, performing arts facilities, bowling alleys, car shows, racing and rodeo facilities, arcades, trade shows, science centres and auctions (livestock sales are permitted).

This public health order amendment and recommendations apply to the city of Regina and area including: Belle Plaine, Pense, Grand Coulee, Lumsden Beach, Regina Beach, Craven, Lumsden, Edenwold, Pilot Butte, White City, Balgonie, Kronau, Davin, Gray, Riceton, RM of Lajord, RM of Edenwold, RM of Sherwood, RM of Pense and the RM of Lumsden.

Full details on the current public health measures can be found at

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 quickly 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.

On March 25, 2021, the Shorebird Inn at Tobin Lake was fined $14,000 for failure to abide by public health orders.

For more information on the current public health measures or to see the Public Health Order, visit

General COVID-19 Information

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

Know your risk.  Keep yourself and others safe.