Saskatchewan to start reporting COVID-19 data once a month


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REGINA - Saskatchewan will soon be reporting COVID-19 data once a month, shifting away from its current weekly report.

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REGINA – Saskatchewan will soon be reporting COVID-19 data once a month, shifting away from its current weekly report.

The government says it is moving toward a monthly schedule as the rate of COVID-19 infection falls.

As of Thursday, the province reported a test positivity rate of four per cent for the virus.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Saskatchewan will soon be reporting COVID-19 data just once a month, shifting away from its current weekly report. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP

Hospitalizations continue to decline with 157 people admitted due to COVID-19 as of Thursday, five of whom are in the intensive care unit.

The province’s last weekly COVID-19 epidemiology report will come out June 30, followed by a three-week report on July 31, with the first monthly report to be released Aug. 13.

In the meantime, the province’s chief medical health officer continues to encourage the public to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, to wear a mask and improve ventilation in crowded indoor settings.

“Saskatchewan residents should continue to do their own personal risk assessment over the summer,” Dr. Saqib Shahab said in a statement.

“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.”

Earlier this month, Shahab said booster eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine could expand in the fall and that there could be a need for people to use masks more consistently.

Saskatchewan residents are eligible to receive a second COVID-19 booster, or fourth dose, if they are 50 or older, or are 18 and older and live in a long term care, personal care or other senior communal living setting.

The Ministry of Health said if booster eligibility expands to additional age groups, it will be based on best available evidence and medical advice, including from Health Canada and The National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 23, 2022.

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