COVID-19: Hospitalization, case counts decline as more Albertans eligible for third dose

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Alberta’s daily COVID-19 case counts declined steadily over the weekend, along with the number of patients hospitalized with the disease.

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On Monday, the province reported 1,300 new cases, which includes 586 from Friday, 430 on Saturday and 284 on Sunday. Alberta currently has 6,387 active cases of COVID-19.

The number of Albertans hospitalized with the disease was 608 on Sunday, 52 less than Friday. There were 135 patients in intensive care on Sunday, six less than Friday.

However, the province reported 13 more deaths from COVID 19 Monday, raising the provincial death toll to 3,155.

As of Monday, more Albertans are eligible for a third dose of COVID-19. Those over the age of 70 as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis who are 18 years of age and older can schedule a booster shot if their second dose was at least six months ago.

Health-care workers providing direct patient care can also book a third dose if they received a second shot less than eight weeks after their first.

Albertans who have received two shots of AstraZeneca vaccine or one shot of Janssen may also schedule a booster shot of an mRNA vaccine.

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