COVID-19: Saskatchewan reports 97 new cases, two new deaths, 45 in ICU

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The Saskatoon zone drops out of the top spot for active cases in the province for the first time since early August.

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Phil Tank  •  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Masked transit users board a bus at the downtown bus mall. Photo taken in Saskatoon on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Masked transit users board a bus at the downtown bus mall. Photo taken in Saskatoon on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan continued to decline with fewer than 100 new positive diagnoses reported for just the third time since the middle of August.


The province recorded 97 new cases Monday from 1,117 tests — the fewest tests performed since Aug. 3. That translates to a positivity rate of about nine per cent.

The Saskatoon zone led the new cases with 22, followed by the Regina zone with 17, the north central (Prince Albert) zone with 16 and the south central (Moose Jaw) zone with 14.

Half of the new cases in people who were eligible for vaccination (12 and older) had been fully vaccinated and 27 of the new cases were diagnosed in children under 12.

Two more deaths were linked to COVID-19, both people who lived in the Regina zone, which leads the province with 203 deaths. The total provincial death toll from the pandemic rose to 896, including 45 reported so far in November.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital increased slightly to 171, while the number receiving intensive care remained unchanged from Sunday at 45. Another 12 patients were receiving intensive care in Ontario ICUs.

Nearly two-thirds of the patients in hospital had not been fully vaccinated.

Active cases declined to 1,201, the lowest since Aug. 18. For the first time since early August, the Saskatoon zone has dropped out of the top spot in active cases.

The Regina zone now leads active cases with 226; the Saskatoon zone is second with 217. The Regina zone last led the Saskatoon zone, which led for most of the devastating fourth wave, in mid-July.

The central east (Yorkton) zone followed with 172 actives with the south east (Estevan, Weyburn) fourth with 160 and the north central fifth with 143.


Total diagnosed cases rose to 79,594, while the seven-day average for daily new cases dropped to 110.

Despite the dropping numbers, Saskatchewan continues to lead Canadian provinces in per capita cases diagnosed and deaths over seven days.

The province reported 1,029 new vaccine doses Monday; about a quarter of those were first doses. About 80 per cent of eligible people in Saskatchewan are considered fully immunized with two doses.

Meanwhile, the latest analysis of wastewater by Global Water Futures researchers at the University of Saskatchewan contained some good news for North Battleford.

The most recent study of sewage from Oct. 30 to Nov. 6 showed a 79 per cent decline in SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The previous study from Oct. 22 to 29 showed a 376 per cent increase in SARS-CoV-2.

The viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in Saskatoon wastewater continued to reflect a downward trend with a 27 per cent drop from Nov. 4 to Wednesday. Prince Albert sewage, which was studied from Nov. 2 to Nov. 8, showed a six per cent increase in the viral load.

Despite the downward trend, Saskatoon wastewater showed the highest levels of the virus with 13,217 parts per 100 millimetres of wastewater, followed by Prince Albert (12,389) and North Battleford (7,566).

The entire viral RNA load continues to come from the Delta variant.

Wastewater is studied through a partnership between the U of S, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the municipal governments in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford.


The analysis can detect rises or decreases in the presence of the virus earlier than diagnoses from testing, since most people start shedding the virus in their stool within 24 hours of infection.

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