Southeast Saskatchewan has seen an increase in the COVID-19 test positivity rate, according to the latest report from the province.

Province wide, the rate dropped to just 4 per cent from June 12-18, down from 6.5 per cent the week before. However, the South East Zone was the hot spot of the province with a test positivity of 9.1 per cent from June 12-18. There were 220 tests performed in the southeast region.

There were 231 new cases of the virus reported, with 27 of the those in the southeast region. There were 392 cases of the virus confirmed in the previous report, so that number has come down significantly.

Hospitalizations also dropped in the province. As of June 22, there were 157 people in hospital with COVID-19, compared to 165 people on June 15.

There were also 12 newly reported COVID-19 deaths, with three occurring from June 12-18 and the other nine occurring in previous weeks but were confirmed just recently.

As well, the province said there were two outbreaks at long-term care facilities, with one of those in the South East Zone and the other in Saskatoon.