Alberta records 603 new COVID-19 cases on Friday

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Alberta reported 603 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

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During the past 24 hours, 10,505 tests were completed, with a positivity rate of approximately 5.7 percent.

Across the province, there are 8,158 active cases, a decrease of 229 from Thursday.

In the Edmonton area, which includes the City of Edmonton and surrounding municipalities, there are 1,847 active cases, a decrease of 98. The City of Edmonton currently has 1,114 active cases, a decrease of 50.

There are 107.3 active cases per 100,000 residents in Edmonton.

There are 765 people hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease of 14 from Thursday. Of those, 180 are in intensive care units, a decrease of five.

Alberta’s chief medical officer for health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said nine more deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial death toll to 3,093.

In a tweet, he said over Halloween weekend, he encourages all Albertans to follow public health measures to celebrate safely.

“We have not yet overcome this fourth wave of COVID-19, so it is important to continue taking steps to keep us safe,” he said.

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As of the end of Thursday, 86.9 percent of Albertans age 12 and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine have received at least one dose, an increase of 0.1 percent, while the 79.8 percent are fully vaccinated with two doses, an increase of 0.2 percent.

Meanwhile, of Alberta’s total population, 73.9% have been immunized with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a value that remains unchanged from the previous day, while 67.9% are fully immunized, an increase of 0.2%. .

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