Alberta’s COVID-19 hospitalizations reach record high of 954


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The number of Albertans in hospital with COVID-19 reached 954 on Monday, the highest level yet in the pandemic, as new restrictions took effect.

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Of that number, 216 were in intensive care, one more than on Friday, and breaking a record set one week ago, according to the latest data from the provincial government.

A total of 4,633 new cases were reported Monday, including 1,436 on Sunday, 1,592 on Saturday and 1,605 on Friday.

Twenty-two more people died of the virus on Monday, with the death toll now sitting at 2,545.

There are now 20,614 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, the highest numbers being in the Edmonton and Calgary zones.

The majority of sickened individuals are unvaccinated.

The rise in cases comes as Alberta Health Services said in a tweet Monday that there had been “capacity issues” in morgues at the Royal Alexandra and University of Alberta hospitals in Edmonton.

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“This has been resolved and our morgues once again have capacity. This was due to delays in transportation to funeral homes,” AHS said. 

Four of Alberta’s major health care unions urged Premier Jason Kenney to ask the federal government to deploy the military on Saturday to help the province’s overburdened hospitals.

Also on Monday, the province’s new vaccine passport system was introduced for businesses and some services, allowing patron capacities to be lifted if proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 tests can be presented.

A total of 72.3 per cent of Albertans 12 years of age and older have been fully vaccinated and 81 per cent have received at least one dose, according to data released on Sunday.