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COVID-19 in Saskatchewan: Hospitalizations continue to rise

COVID-19 in Saskatchewan: hospital admissions continue to increase

Key takeaways:

  • The number of people in the hospital increased from 244 yesterday to 252 on Sunday, according to the daily report on the province’s online dashboard.
  • According to Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, COVID-19 can complicate care even when people are admitted to the hospital for reasons other than COVID-19.

The number of hospitals in Saskatchewan continues to rise as the contagious Omicron variant spreads.

As per the daily report on the province’s online dashboard, the number of people in the hospital increased from 244 yesterday to 252 on Sunday.

Twenty-six of the hospital cases reported today are in critical care, the same number as on Saturday.

The province began tracking hospitalizations as a key indicator of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan earlier this month, breaking down how hospitalized people contracted the virus.

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As per the province’s dashboard on Sunday, 92 patients are getting health care for a COVID-19-related disease, 98 are incidental cases — meaning they were admitted for anything else and then diagnosed with COVID — as well, as 36 have not yet been ascertained of the 226 inpatient hospitalizations.

COVID-19 can complicate care even when people are in the hospital for reasons other than COVID-19, as per Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“Once you’re in the hospital, you still need additional layers of infection prevention and control even though you want to keep COVID from spreading from one patient to the next or from staff to staff,” Shahab said on Friday.

“It increases the workload for the staff.”

According to the province’s dashboard, over 36% of the 252 hospital patients with the illness were not fully vaccinated.

According to Shahab and recent Saskatchewan Health Authority modeling, hospital admissions will continue to rise in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 in Saskatchewan: hospital admissions continue to increase
COVID-19 in Saskatchewan: hospital admissions continue to increase. Image from CBC

The number of cases has increased, but the number of tests has decreased.

On Sunday, the count of known active cases increased (from 12,618 to 13,290), as did the seven-day average of new cases (1,320, up by 26).

On Sunday, the province reported 1,629 new COVID-19 cases, a new high in the category of daily new cases.

However, it’s thought that the number of fresh cases is way greater because Saskatchewan’s PCR testing criteria have tightened, and self-administered rapid tests aren’t counted in the total.

The reported latest test counts were down on Sunday, according to the province.

Health-care workers gave out 3,869 COVID-19 tests, down from 3,869 on Saturday.

As per the most recent update on Sunday, 1,962 more people have received their first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. In total, 885,917 Saskatchewan residents have been fully vaccinated.

Source: CBC News

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