COVID-19 deaths rise by 27, hospitalizations rise by 52 in Alberta


The number of COVID-19 deaths in Alberta has increased by nearly 30 people over the past week, while hospitalizations have increased by more than 50 patients, according to provincial data.

The number of Albertans who have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic is now 4,748, an increase of 27 people from a week ago, when the total number of deaths from COVID-19 was 4,721 .

As of Tuesday, there were 870 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 32 patients in the intensive care unit. Last week, there were 818 hospitalized patients with the disease, including 28 in intensive care.

The seven-day PCR test positivity rate is 21.86%, down slightly from 22.2% a week ago.

From August 16 to 23, public health officials identified 1,858 new cases of COVID-19. There were 1,661 confirmed cases in the previous reporting week, August 9-15.

However, there are believed to be more viruses circulating in the community as provincial data excludes positive rapid test results and few Albertans are eligible to receive a PCR test.

By the end of Monday, 77.6% of all Albertans – including those who are not eligible – had received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine; 81.9% of the population had received at least one dose.

Meanwhile, 39% of Albertans have received three doses of the vaccine.


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