10 cases of COVID-19 reported in North Central on Monday

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The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

This was among 154 new cases reported in Saskatchewan.

Two cases with pending residence information were also assigned to the North Central zone.

There were no deaths reported Monday and the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the province remains 385.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 17 active cases.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 34 active cases and North Central 3 has 15 active cases. There are currently 151 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 133 reported as receiving in patient care there are 14 in North Central. Of the 21 people reported as being in intensive care there are now none listed in North Central.

The current seven-day average 143, or 11.6 cases per 100,000 population.

Of the 28,801reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,551 are considered active.

The recovered number now sits at 26,865after 146 more recoveries were reported.

The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 28,801of those 7,397 cases are from the North area (3,001 North West, 3,247 North Central and 1,149 North East).

There were 356 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered yesterday in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 79,289.

There were 232 doses administered in the North Central zone yesterday. The other zone where vaccines were administered was the North West.

On Feb. 24 an additional 91 doses were administered in the South East zone, an additional 515 doses were administered in the South West zone, an additional 81 doses were administered in the Central West zone and an additional 10 doses were administered in the Far North West zone.

Data has been updated to include an additional 677 doses administered in the Far North East, North West, Central East and South East zones from Feb. 25 to 27.

There were 1,741COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Feb. 25.

As of today there have been 578,066 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

Roy Romanow Laboratory valid for testing for variants

The province also announced that the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL) has completed the validation process in order to support whole genome sequencing.

The test determines that a positive COVID-19 case is a variant of concern, as well as what type of variant. Starting immediately, the RRPL has the capacity to test up to 192 samples per week. “In order to monitor for variants of concern, the RRPL will continue to focus whole genome sequencing testing on COVID positive results linked to international travel, declared outbreaks and cases of unexpected severe illness, as well as a random sampling of confirmed cases,” the release stated. The province will continue to send up to 120 samples per week to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg to ensure a larger sample size.

Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald