Saskatchewan published its first monthly update on COVID, spanning the weeks from June 26 to July 16.

Compared to the previous reporting period (June 19-25), test positivity increased from 3.8 to 4.0 percent.

Regina, Saskatoon, South West, Central West, and North West zones all have test positivity above five percent with the largest increases occurring in South West and Central West zones. 

Both COVID-19 hospital admissions and ICU admissions have increased with admissions from 67 to 76, and ICU from four to five. 

Of the 22 deaths reported, 14 had a death date within the June 26-July 16 period. Eight occurred between September 5, 2021, to June 25, 2022, but have not been previously reported.

The Omicron sublineages BA.4/BA.5 are now the dominant sublineages detected in Saskatchewan. BA.4 and BA.5 have increased from 3.6 percent (June 19-25) to 65.6 percent (June 26-July 16).