COVID-19 stats down in latest Saskatchewan update; Reports become less frequent this summer
The top five statistical categories in the Department of Health’s weekly COVID-19 report were all down this week from last week.
There were 12 new coronavirus-related deaths, three occurring between June 12 and June 18 and nine occurring in previous weeks but reported this week. The latest update had 231 new cases of COVID-19, up from 392 last week. Two virus outbreaks were reported this week in long-term care facilities, up from five last week. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is 157, compared to 165 the previous week while there are five infections in intensive care this week compared to six last week.
Additionally, the frequency of COVID-19 reports in Saskatchewan is about to become less frequent. Highlighting a downward trend in new coronavirus cases in the province, the Department of Health says the next timeline for updates will be next Thursday, June 30, followed by July 21 and August 18. Following this, the COVID-19 report would be monthly. , although the ministry says it will monitor COVID-19 surveillance data and the frequency of reporting may be adjusted in the future based on observed trends.
Released June 23, 2022
Moving to a Monthly COVID-19 Reporting Schedule
Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 surveillance indicators suggest a downward trend in COVID-19 infections. As we enter the summer months, the Department of Health will transition to monthly COVID-19 situation reports. A weekly report will be published on June 30, then the transition will begin. On July 21, a 3-week report will be released (reporting period from June 26 to July 16). The first monthly report will be published on August 18 (with a reporting period from July 17 to August 13). There will no longer be a press release announcing the publication of the report. The epidemiological report will continue to be released at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays of each month and will be posted on the Government of Saskatchewan website.
The Ministry and health sector partners will continue to monitor COVID-19 surveillance data and reporting frequency may be adjusted in the future based on observed trends.
“Saskatchewan residents should continue to make their own personal risk assessments over the summer,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Saqib Shahab. “They should continue to consider using a mask and improving ventilation if they are having a crowded indoor event; or better yet, spend some time outdoors during our beautiful Saskatchewan summer. We will continue to ensure that people have access to information on a monthly basis, through detailed public health analysis and more frequent reporting if concerning trends emerge. In the meantime, please consider staying up to date on your COVID vaccine, including any booster doses you are entitled to; which includes a booster dose for everyone 12 years and older four months after their 2nd dose. And a 2nd reminder for anyone aged 50 and over four months after their 1st reminder; and even receive your 1st or 2nd dose if you are still not vaccinated.
Summary of the week of June 12 to 18, 2022
- 5,635 lab tests were performed in Saskatchewan, or 4.7 tests performed per 1,000 population. The number of tests was lower than the number of tests the previous week (5,880).
- The weekly test positivity of 4.0% is lower than the previous week (6.5%); the highest test positivity this week was in the southeast zone (9.1%).
- 231 new cases were confirmed, or 19 laboratory-confirmed cases per 100,000 population, lower than the number of new cases the previous week (392).
- The majority of lab-confirmed cases this week continue to be 50 and older (59.3%).
- Due to a sequencing database issue, data on variants of concern (VOC) is not available this week.
- The Omicron BA.2 subline accounted for 90.4% of the variants of concern reported the week of June 5-11, 2022. The BA.2 subline is more transmissible than the pre-variant 2020 COVID-19 and BA subline .1. lineages, but there is no current evidence of increased severity.
- Omicron BA.4/BA.5 sublines were detected in Saskatchewan (sample collection dates May 22-29; n=6 cases). BA.4/BA.5 demonstrated increased transmissibility and vaccine leakage, but there is no current evidence of increased severity.
- There were 12 new deaths from COVID-19 (three within the week and nine earlier (from February 20, 2022 to June 11, 2022). This is a decrease from the previous week (17).
- There were 18.6 patients with COVID-like illnesses per 1,000 emergency room visits, which is a decrease from last week (20.5 per 1,000).
- Two (2) confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities and nursing homes were reported this week.
- Vaccination rates for the primary and booster vaccinations have remained stable over the past four weeks. Among eligible populations five years and older, 81.1% completed a series.
- Among the population aged 18 and over, 52.7% had received at least one booster vaccination.
- As of June 19, 2022, 557 Paxlovid prescriptions have been filled, and there have been 43 Remdesivir prescriptions with a total of 121 infusions performed.
- Nearly 21.4 million rapid antigen test kits have been distributed in the province. They are easily accessible to more than 600 pitches.
Weekly COVID-19 Hospitalization Indicators: June 15, 2022 vs. June 22, 2022
June 15 June 22 Change from last reporting period
Total Covid Hospitalized 165 157 -8
Total Covid Adult ICU/ICU Surge 6 5 -1
Average daily admissions in the last 7 days 13 11 -2
Total Covid-related illnesses 51 46 -5
Total Covid fortuitous infection 106 108 +2
Total number of patients under investigation 8 3 -5