Not all Sask. COVID-19 deaths happening in hospitals, plus other takeaways from the latest SHA doctors meetup…
The average wait time for an inpatient bed in Saskatoon has recently averaged 21 hours
At the emergency room at RUH in Saskatoon, the maximum delay for EMS to get patients off stretchers was 8 hours, while Pasqua Hospital in Regina experienced a wait time of 4.5 hours. Moose Jaw Hospital patients faced a wait of two hours.
During the third wave last spring, most days saw fewer than 30 people requiring high-flow oxygen unable to get a bed in an intensive care unit.

During the fourth wave, that number has hovered around or exceeded 40.
When the total number of occupied ICU beds (including COVID and non-COVID patients) exceeds 116 — which could be soon — the health system will move to the next, red-coloured tier of its ICU capacity model, which could see patients moved out of province.
Overall, across all age groups, Saskatchewan has seen a three-per-cent increase in first doses administered daily over the last two weeks
People aged 12 to 39 are still lagging in vaccinations, though. "I think the excuse of 'they were the last to join the pack to get immunized' — we passed that phase," Dr. Tania Diener said. "They've had long enough now, so it is quite concerning.”

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All SHA staff, physicians and contractors have until Friday to fill out this declaration:
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But I'm still doublechecking with the SHA.
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Follow news of tonight's vote here.

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You can stream the public hearing on the city website here:… Meeting starts at 6. #yxe #yxecc #yxevotes #saskatoon #skpoli
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