645 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alberta on Wednesday


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Alberta reported 645 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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Over the last 24 hours, 11,343 tests were completed, for a positivity rate of about 5.6 per cent.

Across the province, there are 8,733 active COVID-19 cases, a decrease of 534 from Tuesday.

In the Edmonton Zone, which includes the city of Edmonton and surrounding municipalities, there are 2,025 active cases, a decrease of 141. The city of Edmonton currently has 1,215 active cases, a decrease of 53.

There are 810 Albertans hospitalized with the virus, a decrease of 26. Of those, 184 are in intensive care units, an increase of one.

Ten more deaths raised the provincial death toll to 3,073.

As of end-of-day Tuesday, 86.8 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 have received at least one dose, while 79.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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On Wednesday evening, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and Dr. Eliana Castillo, a clinical associate professor of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, will host a telephone town hall discussing vaccines, fertility and maternal health.

The town hall will run from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, a new study from the Angus Reid Institute examining satisfaction with provincial governments over their handling of health care and the economy found that 78 per cent of Albertans believe the province is doing a poor job of handling health care.

Twenty per cent believe the UCP government is doing a good job.

More to come …