How Saskatchewan set a record for COVID-19 deaths in 2022 – CBC

At least 845 people died with COVID-19 in 2022 in Sask., an increase of 43 from the year before

Jan 16, 2023

Nearly a year ago, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced the end of COVID-19 restrictions in the province.

It marked a change in approach, as Saskatchewan stopped trying to contain the virus behind the global pandemic and moved to treat it the same way as any other communicable disease.

But the arrival of the Omicron variant changed the equation.

While it is considered mild in terms of symptoms compared to other strains, Omicron is more virulent, more able to evade immunity provided by vaccinations and, as a result, was able to spread quickly and infect more people, said Dr. Cory Neudorf, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan.

From there it was just simple math as the virus ran through the province’s population.

“The number of cases that we had in this province was so much higher than what we saw in the year before that even at a lower proportion, it has led to more hospitalizations, ICU stays and deaths,” said Neudorf, who is also an interim senior medical health officer with the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

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