COVID-19: Alberta surpasses 3,000 deaths, reports 786 new cases Wednesday

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Alberta has surpassed 3,000 deaths from COVID-19.

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On Wednesday, the province reported 18 new deaths for a total of 3,006 since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, active COVID-19 cases across the province continue to decline.

As of Wednesday, there were 10,824 active cases in Alberta, a decrease of 578 cases from the previous day. The Calgary area led the way with 2,773 active cases, followed by 2,603 ​​cases in the Edmonton area.

The province reported 786 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with a test positivity rate of 6.5 percent.

As the number of cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, Prime Minister Jason Kenney said Tuesday that there are still more hospitalizations now than at the peak of any other wave.

There are now 928 Albertans in hospital due to COVID-19, 36 fewer patients than the previous day. There are also 15 fewer intensive care patients with 203 people in the ICU as of Wednesday.

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More vaccines have been injected into the arms of Albertans, and 86.2% of those 12 years and older receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; 77.9% of eligible Albertans are fully vaccinated.

As November 15 approaches, vaccinated Albertans will only be able to use their scannable QR code to participate in the province’s restriction waiver program. Those who wish to print their code but cannot do it themselves can visit the nearest registry or Edmonton Public Library branch to obtain their printed code for free.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer for health, said Tuesday that Alberta visitors are among those who can use their specific proof of vaccination documents to participate in the vaccine passport program.

“I want to remind all businesses and organizations participating in the program that proof of vaccination from out-of-province, military or First Nations health clinics is valid for entry,” Hinshaw said. “They may look a little different from the Alberta government documentation, but they are acceptable options.”

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