An employee is pictured at the Roy Romanow Provincial Lab. (Supplied)

Saskatchewan reported two deaths of residents who had tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to 247 new cases on Wednesday.

There have been 206 COVID-19 related deaths in Saskatchewan to date, and the provinces fatality rate is now 1.1 per cent.

The two latest residents reported to have died were over the age of 80, and living in the North Central and Saskatoon zones.

The seven-day average of daily new cases is 316 (26.1 new cases per 100,000 people.)

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There were 249 new recoveries reported on Wednesday, leaving the province with 3,748 active cases.

Hospitalizations in Saskatchewan have reached 205; 169 people are receiving inpatient care and 36 people are in intensive care.

The new cases are located in:

  • Far Northwest (12)
  • Far North Central (10)
  • Far Northeast (Nine)
  • Northwest (24)
  • North Central (27)
  • Northeast (27)
  • Saskatoon (82)
  • Central West (One)
  • Central East (Eight)
  • Regina (23)
  • 13 new cases have pending location details.

Eighteen previously reported cases have been assigned locations.

The SHA processed 2,620 COVID-19 tests on Tuesday.

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There have been 10,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered to date in Saskatchewan in Dec. 15, 2020.

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