Alberta reports 397 new COVID-19 cases, highest since early June


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Alberta saw its biggest spike in daily new COVID-19 cases in two months, with 397 cases reported Thursday.

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The province has not seen new daily case numbers go as high since confirmed cases hit 423 on June 1.

There are 102 Albertans in hospital due to COVID-19, including 24 in intensive care units. That represents a slight jump from the previous day, when there were a total of 97 people in hospital. Hospitalizations declined to as low as 82 as of last Tuesday’s update, but have seen several incremental daily increases beginning last Wednesday, when they were 84.

One new death due to COVID-19 was reported, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,329. The number of active cases also rose by 244, to 2,526 cases.

The vast majority of those cases are in the Calgary zone, where there are 1,351. The Edmonton zone has 469 active cases.

The province completed 7,460 tests on Wednesday, representing a daily positivity rate to 5.3 per cent, while the seven-day average sits at 3.6 per cent.

With more than 5.35 million doses administered in the province, 76.2 per cent of those eligible have received a first dose, and 66.2 per cent are fully vaccinated with two doses.