3rd consecutive day of new high for COVID-19 patients in Saskatchewan ICUs | The Canadian News

For the third day in a row, the number of Saskatchewan COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs) has reached new heights.

Hospitals in the province are currently treating 335 patients with COVID-19: 250 are receiving hospital care and 85 in ICU. As of Monday, 75.8 percent of these hospitalizations were not fully vaccinated.

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According to the Saskatchewan government panel on Monday, there were 279 new cases, bringing the total infections in Saskatchewan to 74,673. The seven-day average of new daily infections dropped to 319 from 340 on October 17.

Saskatchewan’s active infections have decreased and now number 3,670. The Saskatoon area leads the province with 859.

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There have now been 785 COVID-19 related deaths in Saskatchewan. The four recently deceased who tested positive for the virus include two people in their 80s and older, with the others in the 40-59 and 60-79 age groups.

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The number of recoveries of the virus has increased by 572 to a total of 70,218.

According to the board, 2,679 tests were conducted for COVID-19 on October 17. To date, 1,194,988 tests have been carried out in the province.

The total number of vaccines administered in the province is 1,626,382. Of the 279 new cases on Monday, the provincial government said 216 were not vaccinated, including 64 ineligible children under the age of 12.

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COVID-19: Saskatchewan to ask federal government to help ease burden on ICUs

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, much like a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. People most at risk for this are older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart, lung, or kidney disease. If you have symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent hand washing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as long as possible and keeping a distance of two meters from other people if you go out. In situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend wearing a non-medical mask or covering to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can transmit the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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