Alberta COVID-19 death toll nears 4,000 as hospitalizations continue decline

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COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to see a decline in Alberta, while the provincial death toll nears 4,000.

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On Thursday, the province reported 1,067 Albertans currently hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease of 20 from Wednesday. Of those, 76 are in intensive care units, a decrease of two.

Six more deaths raised the provincial death toll to 3,992.

In a tweet, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said over the last week, 33 per cent of new non-ICU admissions were incidental cases, while COVID-19 was the primary or contributing cause of admission for 65.5 per cent of cases.

The remaining 1.5 per cent of cases were undetermined. In the ICU, 12 per cent of cases were incidental and 88 per cent of new admissions were due to COVID-19.

Alberta reported 552 new cases of COVID-19, after 3,041 PCR tests were completed over the last 24 hours for a positivity rate of 18.1 per cent.

Across the province, there are 6,689 active cases, a decrease of 189 from Wednesday. In the Edmonton Zone, which includes the city of Edmonton and surrounding municipalities, there are 1,992 active cases, a decrease of 40.

Within the city of Edmonton, there are 1,299 active cases, or 125.1 per 100,000 people.

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