Alberta reports 652 COVID-19 cases, 38 more deaths

  • Alberta reports 652 COVID-19 cases, 38 more deaths

Alberta reports 652 COVID-19 cases, 38 more deaths

Dr. Hinshaw was able to deliver good news with regards to contact tracing. The deaths occurred between December 30 and January 12 in numerous regions across the province.

There were 38 more deaths reported in the past 24 hours. His death is linked to an outbreak at the Aspen House.

There are now 37 active cases in the town with 293 people having recovered since the pandemic began.

In Sturgeon County, there are 44 active cases with 501 people having recovered since the beginning of the pandemic.

"Today is a hard day where we announced the highest number of deaths reported in a single day, well over 30, and it's exactly for that reason that we want to make sure that every Albertan who is at risk gets the vaccine as soon as possible", Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said during Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing.

Some 652 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in the province, with 9,300 tests run.

Alberta's positivity rate sits at 6.1%, a figure that Hinshaw would like to see below 5%.

There are 819 people in the hospital with 132 in ICU. Currently, only about 47 of our active cases have an unknown source.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the province is ramping up and expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to include paramedics and other emergency service workers.

One COVID-19 case with genetic changes that were first found in South Africa and five of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom have been confirmed within the province's borders.

Earlier that day, Alberta Health had administered more than 52,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Wednesday - about 1,183 per population of 100,000.