Active case of COVID-19 continue to drop province-wide as the number of people hospitalized for the disease also slowly decline.
By Friday, there were 6,386 active cases in Alberta, down 129 from the day previous. The province reported 466 new cases on Friday. Hospitalizations also continue declining but not as quickly — 660 patients were being treated for COVID-19 in Alberta’s hospitals with 141 in ICU.
Since Oct. 1, active cases have fallen by about 68 per cent, and the number of COVID-19 patients treated in Alberta’s hospitals is nearly 40 per cent lower.
At the height of the fourth wave, active cases soared to 21,194 on Sept. 26. Hospitalizations peaked the next day at 1,132 with 261 in ICU, and these intensive care numbers reached the maximum, 267 patients, on Sept. 28 .
Booster shots available
Appointments for third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are opening Monday to four additional groups: everyone 70 and older; First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people 18 and up; front-line health-care workers who had their first two doses less than eight weeks apart; and Albertans who either had two doses of AstraZeneca or one dose of Janssen while abroad.
Albertans can book online through the government’s booking portal , by calling 811, or by visiting a participating pharmacy or doctor’s office.
Meantime, Health Minister Jason Copping, when asked about progress on COVID-19 wastewater testing expansion at a news conference earlier in the week, said it was being done at “multiple locations” but did not give specifics.
Copping said the government recently signed a new agreement with the University of Calgary to get the results quicker as sometimes the results are about 14 days behind.
“But we’re improving that process, and we’re continuing to watch that, along with the other metrics that we’re watching in regards to how COVID is impacting and moving out in the population,” he said Wednesday afternoon .
The government previously announced it was expending wastewater testing , which monitors the level of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19 in sewage, to cover up to 70 per cent of the province.