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Sask. COVID patients filling ICU capacity, over 3,400 new cases in past week

Saskatchewan recorded more than 3,400 new COVID cases last week, as ICUs reach max capacity with patients.
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COVID-19 patients continue to overwhelm ICUs in Saskatchewan, with 75 per cent of patients admitted noted as unvaccinated.

REGINA — The weekly provincial COVID-19 update shows that COVID patients have filled standard ICU capacity in Saskatchewan, with a total of 348 individuals hospitalized in both in-patient and intensive care across the province.

Between Oct. 6-12, Saskatchewan now has 268 patients being treated for COVID-related symptoms in inpatient care, and 80 individuals in ICU care — where provincial capacity is typically capped. 

Of those currently hospitalized, data shows that 261 individuals, or 75 per cent, are unvaccinated.

Health care providers have been requesting more supports in the last few weeks, as ICU numbers continued to climb. 

Provincial officials said on Thursday that they have not yet requested personnel help from federal agencies, and will instead work to redeploy staff to increase ICU capacity.

Saskatchewan is also reporting a total of 3,410 new positive cases since Oct. 6, in addition to 3,284 recoveries. 

This brings the province’s total active cases to 4,734, and the seven-day average of new cases to 487, or 40.4 per 100,000.

Twenty-seven additional deaths have also been reported, raising the total number to 753 lost since the pandemic began.

An additional 27,373 new doses of vaccine were delivered as well, bringing the provincial vaccination rates to 83 per cent of those over 12 years of age with one dose, and 74 per cent fully vaccinated. 

Of the new doses, 14,435 were first doses and 12,938 were second doses. First doses have continuously outnumbered second dose rates daily since mid-September.

Full data regarding COVID-19 in Saskatchewan can be found on the province’s online dashboard, which is updated daily.

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