Saskatchewan hospitals have the fewest COVID-19 patients since before Christmas as the province reported 296 new cases and almost 26,000 more vaccine doses given out over the weekend.
The numbers come as vaccine eligibility across the province expands to include residents 12 or older as of today. This is the lowest number of hospitalizations since December 16, when the same number of people were in hospital. That compares to a provincial incidence rate of 99.7 in the most recent Public Health Ontario data, for the week of May 12 to 18.
More than 19 million Canadians, or half the national population, had received at least an initial dose of vaccine as of Saturday, though less than five per cent have been fully immunized with two shots.
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 now stand at 1,041, with 693 patients in intensive care and 480 on a ventilator. Ninety-seven people are receiving inpatient care: North West, 8; North Central, 4; Saskatoon, 35; Central East, 4; Regina, 41; South Central, 2; and South East, 3.
The province's chief medical officer of health said Nova Scotia had reported five deaths in the last three days - a statistic that hits hard in the small, tight-knit province.
There were 11,004 doses administered in the latest reporting period.
The new cases in northern Saskatchewan are located in the following zones: Far North West, four; Far North East, two; North West, 24; North Central, 13; and North East, one. An extra 215 administered doses are waiting for residence information.
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As many business owners pointed out, there is no easy way to determine who has been vaccinated and who hasn't. David Ige said: "We are unable to determine who is vaccinated and who is not vaccinated".
Another 9,513 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed.
Officially, 217 of New Zealand's cases of the disease were recorded in Otago and Southland, and two of those people died from the disease.
The province does not publicly report the number of B.1.617 infections, despite multiple cases being identified according to the government.
There were 2,520 newly resolved case of the virus.
The figures bring the provincial totals to 520,774 confirmed cases and 8,599 deaths in Ontario since the pandemic began.
It was the province's lowest daily total since September.