Alberta announced over 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in more than three months on Wednesday.
The province reported 1,076 new confirmed cases of the virus — the first time Alberta has broken the 1,000 threshold since 1,140 cases were confirmed on May 15.
The number of Albertans in intensive care continued to raise to fourth-wave highs with 59 people in ICU as of Wednesday, an uptick of two from the previous day and the most since 67 were reported in ICU on June 16. The province reported one new death.
As the virus continues to spread in Alberta, experts said hospitalizations and serious outcomes are the statistics to watch, not case numbers alone.
Hospitalizations saw an increase of 26 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday, with 284 Albertans currently in hospital due to the virus.
Active cases across the province continue to see an increase with 8,496 active cases in Alberta, an increase of 565 from Tuesday. The Edmonton Zone leads the province for a second consecutive day with 2,667 active cases, while Calgary is close behind with 2,572.
The province reported a test positivity rate of 9.2 per cent after 11,747 tests were completed on Tuesday — 5,737 more completed tests than Monday.
Vaccination rates in Alberta continue to increase slowly, with 69 per cent of those aged 12 and up fully vaccinated and 77.5 per cent of those eligible with at least one dose of a vaccine.
Vaccinated people continue to be infected with the virus less often than those unvaccinated. Of Wednesday’s reported new cases, 69.5 per cent are among unvaccinated Albertans, 20.9 per cent are fully vaccinated and 9.6 per cent are partially vaccinated.
As cases, hospitalizations and ICU numbers keep increasing, Albertans haven’t heard from Premier Jason Kenney publicly since Aug. 9, while during a press conference on Monday, NDP health critic David Shepherd called on the premier and UCP leaders to make a public appearance.