The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 reached new heights as Saskatchewan added two deaths on Monday.
Saskatchewan hospitals currently care for 289 COVID-19 patients: 226 are receiving inpatient care and 63 are in intensive care units. This is the highest number of ICU hospitalizations and patients to date.
The recently deceased who tested positive for the virus were in the age groups 60 to 79 and over 80 years. There have been 672 COVID-19-related deaths in the province.
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According to the provincial government panel, there were 398 new cases, bringing the total infections in Saskatchewan to 65,897.
The seven-day average of daily new infections dropped to 461 from 478 on Sept. 26.
Saskatchewan’s active infections have decreased and now number 4,788. The Saskatoon area leads the province with 1,171.
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The number of recoveries of the virus has increased by 470 to a total of 60,437.
According to the board, 3,779 tests for COVID-19 were conducted on September 26. To date, 1,121,821 tests have been carried out in the province.
A total of 1,548,690 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, the dashboard showed. Of the 398 new cases on Monday, the provincial government said 333 people were not vaccinated, including 87 children under 12 years of age.
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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
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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