COVID-19 in Sask.: 202 new cases, 116 in hospital Saturday

As of Saturday, Saskatchewan is reporting a seven-day average of 263 new cases of COVID-19.

7-day average of new cases is now 263

The province says there were 202 new cases of COVID-19 but a data-related reporting delay meant just four cases were reported from Saskatoon. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Saskatchewan reported 202 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the province's seven-day average of new cases to 263 per day.

There are now 116 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 25 in intensive care.

Regina reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with 51. 

Only four new cases were reported in Saskatoon, but Saturday's provincial update said those numbers are lower than anticipated due to a data-related issue that is being corrected. An update is expected tomorrow.

The provincial update said there were 33 new cases in the north central zone, 21 in the southwest, 18 in the northwest , 17 in the far northeast, 13 in the southeast and 10 in the northeast.

Eight new cases were reported in each of the far northwest, central west and central east zones, and there were six in the south central zone. The location for five other cases is pending.

Three zones also saw their total cases grow as residence information was updated by Saturday. 

A total of nine cases were assigned to three zones, including: a Nov. 23 case assigned to the northwest zone, seven Dec. 3 cases assigned to the north central zone, and a Nov. 29 case assigned to the southeast zone.

The total number of cases in the province since the start of the pandemic is now 9,730, with 4,191 active cases as of Saturday. There have been 5,484 total recoveries, and 55 deaths due to the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Remote learning changes for Prairie Valley students

The Prairie Valley School Division provided updates for students in Lumsden, Southey and Indian Head earlier this week.

Lumsden High School is to remain closed, with students learning remotely until Dec. 18. The division said students are expected to return to class on Jan. 4.

The division announced the closure of the Robert Southey School, in Southey, as it moves to Level 4 of the Safe Schools Plan, which includes a transition to remote learning.

Students in all grades will move to online learning starting Monday. The division's news release said students there are also expected to return to in-class learning on Jan. 4.

The division also announced, after consultation with public health, that students at the Indian Head High School and Indian Head Elementary School would return to in-person learning on Monday.

Outbreak reported involving Saskatoon hockey league 

The province's outbreak website listed the Saskatoon Tribal Council's health centre and the Estevan Leisure Centre as outbreak sites on Friday. 

On Saturday, an outbreak was also reported involving the Adult Safe Hockey League in Saskatoon. No other information about that outbreak was provided.