Alberta confirmed an additional 4,752 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Since the province is no longer offering widespread PCR testing, the number is likely to be higher.
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In the last 24 hours, the province conducted nearly 12,000 tests. The positivity rate was 36.9 percent.
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According to Dr. Dina Hinshaw, Wednesday’s daily case count and positivity rate were both at record highs.
“I know that the massive spread of Omicron has made it a challenging start to 2022 for many Albertans,” the health’s chief medical officer told reporters.
There were 470 people receiving care for COVID-19 in the hospital on Wednesday, up from 436 on Tuesday, of whom 72 were in the ICU. There were 61 people in the ICU on Tuesday.
There have been 11 more deaths in the last 24 hours.
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Hinshaw said, “My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends who have been left behind to grieve these people and any people for any reason.”
Five of the reported deaths were in the Calgary area: a woman in her 60s, a man and a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 100s with pre-existing conditions and a man in his 70s with pre-existing conditions. was not with the existing conditions.
There were three deaths in the Edmonton area: a man in his 60s, a man in his 50s and a man in his 70s with all pre-existing conditions.
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Across the province, one person in his 70s has died in the northern region, one person in his 70s in the central region and one in his 80s in the south region. All three men had pre-existing conditions.
There have been 3,333 COVID-19 deaths in Alberta so far.
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37,196 active cases were confirmed on Wednesday.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 384,126 confirmed cases in Alberta. So far, 343,597 of these people have been cured.
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