The weekend saw 10 more people be hospitalized with COVID-19 and 406 new cases in the province.

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Lynn Giesbrecht, Darren Zary

A nurse draws a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the Sasktel Centre.
A nurse draws a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the Sasktel Centre. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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Saskatchewan reported 219 new cases of COVID-19 along with five more hospitalizations Sunday.

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Overall, the weekend saw 10 more people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 406 new cases in the province where the COVID-19 hospitalizations have nearly doubled since the beginning of the month. On Aug. 1, there were 48 people in hospital. That number increased to 94 Sunday, including 12 in intensive care. Of the 94 patients, 68 of them (72 per cent) are not fully vaccinated.

However, no new deaths were reported over the weekend.

Of the most recent 244 COVID cases, 194 of them were either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people.

After hitting the highest number of new cases in more than three months on Friday,  there are 1,556 active cases — the highest since May. Saskatoon continues to trend upward with 352 active cases, compared to 157 in Regina. The north central zone, which includes Prince Albert, has 196 active cases.

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Nearly half of the province’s 13 zones are now reporting active case counts of more than 100, where, a month ago, not a single zone had more than 100, and six were reporting only single digit active case counts.

The seven-day average of daily new cases rose to 166, or 13.8 per 100,000 population. A total of 1,975 tests were processed.

Another 2,180 people received a vaccine dose Saturday, with 1,380 of those being second shots.

Sunday’s new cases have been linked to the far north west (four), far north central (two), far north east (three), north west (15), north central (21), north east (20), Saskatoon (50), central west (10), Regina (47), south west (10), south central (23) and south east (four) zones. There are nine new cases pending residence information.

Of the new cases, over one-third 934.7 per cent) were in people ages 20 to 39.

New cases reported Saturday are located in the far north west (six), far north central (two), far north east (14), north west (12), north central (16), north east (22), Saskatoon (37), central west (one), central east (11), Regina (22), south west (nine), south central (three) and south east (six) zones. Twenty-six cases are still waiting for residence information.

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