COVID-19: Alberta case counts continues to decline

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COVID-19 cases continued to decline Sunday, marking five days in a row that new case counts have fallen.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, reported 563 new coronavirus cases Sunday. The previous Sunday, May 16, there were 1,140 new cases.

Alberta completed 6,944 COVID tests in the past 24 hours, for a positivity rate of eight per cent. Last Sunday, 9.6 per cent of tests came back positive.

There were 14,533 active cases in Alberta Sunday, compared to 21,192 the week prior.

Hospitalizations also fell in the past week. On May 16, there were 647 people in hospital with COVID-19, 186 of whom were in intensive care. By Sunday there were 581 COVID-related hospitalizations, including 162 in the ICU.

The province also made progress on the vaccination front, climbing from 2,189,999 doses to 2,506,919 in the span of a week. 48.2 per cent of Albertans have now had at least one vaccine dose.

An additional six Albertans died after testing positive for the virus since Saturday, bringing the total number of dead to 2,176.

Of Alberta’s active cases, 3,562 were in the Edmonton zone, 6,360 in Calgary, 2,278 in the north zone, 1,573 in central Alberta and 753 in the province’s south.

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