COVID-19: Hospitalizations, active cases still falling as 1,210 cases found over last three days; 80% Albertans 12+ double-vaccinated

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Another 1,210 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the province since Friday, as Alberta’s hospitalizations and active cases continued to drop.

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Cases reported on Monday include 533 on Friday, 335 on Saturday, and 342 on Sunday, provincial data shows. Eighteen COVID-19 deaths were reported to provincial health officials in the previous three days.

Hospitalizations fell by 76 to 689, including 23 fewer COVID-19 patients needing intensive care. By Monday, 157 COVID-19 patients were in ICU.

Active cases declined by 578 to 7,580 province-wide. Every health zone has fewer cases.

The Edmonton Zone — which includes the city of Edmonton and surrounding municipalities — had 1,724 active cases by Monday, while the Calgary Zone had 1,985. The North Zone had the third-highest active cases at 1,606.

Both hospitalizations and cases have been dropping steadily in recent weeks since Alberta passed the height of the pandemic’s fourth wave. The number of COVID-19 patients in ICU peaked at 267 on Sept. 28, and new cases reported peaked at 2,000 on Sept. 16, the province’s adjusted data shows.

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80% double-vaxxed

Meantime, Alberta passed a vaccine milestone on Monday: 80 per cent of people 12 and older have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. About 87 per cent have had one, the province announced in a news release.

Around 264,000 Albertans got their first shot and 293,000 had their second since Sept. 15, the day the province unveiled its vaccine passport program . Last month, Premier Jason Kenney said this program had a “real positive impact” on reducing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the province.

The province on Monday also urged everyone who can get vaccinated to do so, both to stop the disease from spreading and to prevent the health-care system from being overwhelming again .

“More and more Albertans are choosing to be protected against COVID-19 because of the undeniable fact that vaccines work and they save lives,” Premier Jason Kenney said in a news release. “It’s great news that we’ve reached this milestone that will also help to ease the pressure on our health-care system in the future.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical office of health, also reminded Albertans that vaccines are safe and effective at stopping those exposed to the virus from getting seriously sick. Hospitalizations are dropping but the trend could reverse quickly if Albertans aren’t careful, she said.

“We need as many people as possible to choose vaccine protection to help keep numbers moving in the right direction.”

Vaccine appointments are available at alberta.ca/vaccine and at community pharmacies and clinics.

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