June 8 COVID-19 update: Two deaths, 816,124 vaccines administered, 90 new cases, 177 recoveries

Vaccines Reported

An additional 6,724 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 816,124. 

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The 6,724 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following zones: Far North West, 18; Far North Central, 6; Far North East, 51; North West, 754; North Central, 538; North East, 72; Saskatoon, 1,837; Central West, 76; Central East, 380; Regina, 2,459; South West, 22; South Central, 121; and South East, 264.  There were 126 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

Seventy-eight per cent of those over the age of 40 have received their first dose.  Seventy-two per cent of those 30+ have received their first dose.  Sixty-eight per cent of those 18+ have received their first dose, while sixty-five per cent of those 12+ have also received their first dose.

Status of Population Vaccinations, as of June 7, 2021

Group

Estimated
Population

Received
First Dose

Fully 
Vaccinated

 

Age 80+

51,304

46,942 (91%)

38,905 (76%)

 

Age 70-79

79,817

71,869 (90%)

42,950 (54%)

 

Age 60-69

138,471

115,882 (84%)

26,282 (19%)

 

Age 50-59

147,466

107,479 (73%)

11,497 (8%)

 

Age 40-49

151,896

101,148 (67%)

8,926 (6%)

 

Age 30-39

183,246

102,014 (56%)

8,603 (5%)

 

Age 18-29

189,909

91,313 (48%)

6,171 (3%)

 

Age 12-17

90,987

35,898 (39%)

168 (0%)

 

Note: Age is calculated on the date of the most recent dose.  Someone age 69 at their first dose and 70 at their second will now be counted in the 70-79 group for both doses, resulting in a decrease in the 60-69 first dose number. 

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

Second Dose Booking Eligibility 

All residents 12+ can receive their first dose.  Second dose vaccinations are open to residents 60+ or anyone who received their first dose on or before March 29, 2021.  Individuals diagnosed with or being treated for cancer and those who have received solid organ transplants will receive a letter of eligibility in the mail that will allow them priority access to a second dose. 

Eligibility to book for second doses is based on age or date of first dose.  Residents who meet at least one of these criteria are eligible for their second dose.  The following table is a tentative guideline for those who received Pfizer or Moderna for their first dose; timelines may change due to vaccine availability. 

Eligibility for 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine 

Age

OR

1st Dose Date 
(on or before)

Eligible for 2nd Dose (on or after)

70+

OR

March 15

May 29

65+

OR

March 22

June 2

60+

OR

March 29

June 7

55+

OR

April 7

June 14

45+

OR

April 15

June 21

Eligibility determined by date of first dose 
only

May 1

June 28

May 15

July 5

May 30

July 12

June 14

July 19

June 28

July 26

Saskatchewan is expecting to receive 74,880 doses of Pfizer vaccines this week. In the last day, a total of 10,794 vaccination appointments have been booked within SHA clinics across the province.

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).

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.

For street addresses and hours of operation for drive-thru and walk-in clinics, see www.saskatchewan.ca/drive-thru-vax.

Please do not call until you are eligible to book your vaccination appointment.  If you do not know the date of your first dose or have misplaced the wallet card provided at the time of your first dose, 1-833-SaskVax can provide you with that date, or check your Immunization History on your MySaskHealthRecord account.

There may be clinic options outside your community and residents are encouraged to consider those alternate locations for immunization.  Additional stops should be avoided if possible when travelling to another community for an appointment.  More clinics will be added as new vaccine shipments are received.

During your second-dose appointment, the clinic or pharmacy will validate the timing and brand of your first dose to ensure you are receiving your second dose within the recommended timeframe.  The type of vaccine available at each location will be advertised.  Additional information on how to book your appointment is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-booking.

Daily COVID-19 Statistics

There are 90 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on June 8, bringing the provincial total to 47,517 cases. 

The new cases are located in the following zones: Far North West, 4; Far North East, 4; North West, 15; North Central, 15; North East, 7; Saskatoon, 14; Central West, 4; Central East, 1; Regina, 16; and South Central, 3; South East, 5; and two cases are pending residence information. Eight cases with pending residence information have been assigned to the North West, 7; and Regina, 1; zones.

Two new deaths were reported today, both in the 80+ age group. One death was reported in the North Central Zone.  The other death was reported in the North West zone. 

Recoveries total 45,913 and 1,053 cases are considered active.

There are 104 people in hospital. Eighty-six people are receiving inpatient care: Far North West, 1; North West, 13; North Central, 5; Saskatoon, 26; Central East, 4; Regina, 30; South West, 2; South Central, 4; and South East; 1. Eighteen people are in intensive care, including one out-of-province transfer from Manitoba: North West, 1; North Central, 1; Saskatoon, 8; Central East, 2; and Regina, 6. 

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case number is 97 (7.9 per 100,000).  A chart comparing today's average to data collected over the past few months is available at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-cases.

There were 1,643 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on June 7, 2021.

To date, 877,438 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of June 6, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 738,852 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 929,275.

As of June 7, 11,347 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the following zones: Far North West, 268; Far North Central, 1; Far North East, 69; North West, 693; North Central, 522; North East, 71; Saskatoon, 1,893; Central West, 116; Central East, 619; Regina, 4,709; South West, 388; South Central, 829; and South East, 1,103.  There are 66 screened VOCs with residence pending.

New lineage results were reported for 128 VOC today. Of the 6,115 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 5,866 are B.1.1.1.7 (UK), 194 are P.1 (Brazilian), 45 are B.1.617 (Indian) and 10 are B.1.351 (SA).

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 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.

It may not be allergies or a spring cold.  Get tested for COVID-19.

Fever? Cough and headache? Fatigued or experiencing shortness of breath?  Do not "tough it out" or assume it's spring allergies.  Stay home and seek a COVID-19 test.  Testing remains one of the most important tools to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in your community.  Even if you have been recently vaccinated, it can take up to three weeks for your immune system to respond.  Vaccines are not a cure preventing all possible transmission and you remain at risk of contracting COVID-19 during that time. 

COVID-19 testing is available to all residents.  You can still 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.

Step One of Saskatchewan's Re-Opening Roadmap is Underway

Step One of Saskatchewan's Re-Opening Roadmap is underway and public health orders have been updated.  Details on the Re-Opening Roadmap can be viewed at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/saskatchewans-re-opening-roadmap.

Reminder: while the restrictions being lifted are no longer mandatory, many are still recommended.  Older persons and those with increased risk factors may wish to wait until two weeks after receiving a second dose before attending gatherings.  Transmission is generally less likely outdoors than indoors.

Step Two of Saskatchewan's Re-Opening Roadmap is scheduled to begin on June 20.  If we continue to remain diligent and observe public health measures, we will reach our goal of re-opening our province in the coming weeks.

General COVID-19 Information

General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.

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.

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