There were more accounted for cases of the flu than COVID-19 between Nov. 6 and 19, according to Saskatchewan’s latest Community Respiratory Illness Surveillance Program (CRISP).
In that time frame, the report shows a total of 1,069 influenza cases, compared to 901 COVID-19 cases.
“Overall, respiratory virus activity is increasing in Saskatchewan – particularly influenza,” the province said in its report.
The report indicated that detection of influenza cases has increased from 68 to 635 cases over the past four weeks, which is a test positivity rate of 32.2 per cent, the highest of all respiratory organisms.
Weekly visits to emergency departments for respiratory-like illnesses are double what they were compared to the previous reporting period and are now 56.5/1,000 visits.
COVID-19 related deaths and hospitalization numbers remain higher than numbers seen with influenza.
There were 25 COVID-19 related deaths reported from Nov.6 to 19 as opposed to just one influenza death in the same time frame.
There was also 294 COVID-19 hospital admissions compared to 193 for influenza.