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Two deaths related to COVID-19 reported Friday

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There were two deaths related to COVID-19 reported in the province on Friday.

One death in the Regina zone was in the 60 to 69 age group and the other death was reported in Saskatoon in the 80 plus age group.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in the province is now 393.

The North Central zone, which includes Prince Albert, reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

This was among 207 new cases reported in Saskatchewan.

North Central 2, which is Prince Albert, has 24 active cases.

North Central 1, which includes communities such as Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Meath Park, has 35 active cases and North Central 3 has 20 active cases. There are currently 138 people in hospital overall in the province. Of the 118 reported as receiving in patient care there are nine in North Central. Of the 20 people reported as being in intensive care there are two in North Central.

Four cases with pending residence information were assigned to the North Central zone. As well five cases tested out-of-province were Saskatchewan residents and added to the counts.

The current seven-day average 155, or 12.7 cases per 100,000 population. The highest average to date was 312, which was reported on Jan. 12.

Of the 29,432 reported COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 1,431 are considered active.

The recovered number now sits at 27,532 after 125 more recoveries were reported.

The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic is 29,432 of those 7,502 cases are from the North area (3,054 North West, 3,286 North Central and 1,162 North East).

There were 2,789 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered yesterday in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 86,879.

There were 60 doses administered in the North Central zone yesterday. The other zones where vaccines were administered were in the Far North Central, North West, Central East, South West, Regina and Saskatoon.

On Friday Health Canada approved the use of the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in Canada. The Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine is approved for people 18 years and over and requires only one dose. Recommended storage and transportation is from 2-8 degrees Celsius. According to the province shipment dates and quantities are not yet available.

A shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine (15,500 doses) is expected late the week of March 8 and will be distributed among Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, and Yorkton.

Priority groups targeted for the AstraZeneca shipment are Phase One priority healthcare workers under 65 years and residents aged 60-64. People in the province aged 60-64 will be able to book their appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine the week of March 15, with actual appointments starting the week of March 22. Details on the phone line to call for bookings will be released by the end of next week.

The Moderna vaccine shipment for the week of March 8 is now not expected until the week of March 15.

There were 3,289 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on Feb. 28.

As of today there have been 589,109 COVID-19 tests performed in Saskatchewan.

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