COVID-19: Active cases continue to decline in Alberta; 466 new cases

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Active cases of COVID-19 continue to decline across the province, as the number of people hospitalized with the disease is also slowly declining.

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As of Friday, there were 6,386 active cases in Alberta, down 129 from the previous day. The province reported 466 new cases on Friday. Hospitalizations also continue to drop, but not as rapidly – 660 patients were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in Alberta, including 141 in intensive care.

Since October 1, active cases have declined by approximately 68% and the number of COVID-19 patients treated in hospitals in Alberta is nearly 40% lower.

At the height of the fourth wave, active cases climbed to 21,194 on September 26. Hospitalizations peaked the next day at 1,132 with 261 in intensive care, and those intensive care numbers peaked at 267 patients on September 28.

Boost shots available

Appointments for the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine open Monday to four additional groups: every 70 and over; First Nations, Métis and Inuit aged 18 and over; frontline healthcare workers who received their first two doses within eight weeks of each other; and Albertans who received two doses of AstraZeneca or one dose of Janssen abroad.

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Albertans can book online through the government’s reservation portal, by dialing 811, or by visiting a participating pharmacy or doctor’s office.

Wastewater test?

Meanwhile, Health Minister Jason Copping, when asked about the progress of expanding COVID-19 wastewater testing at a press conference earlier in the week, said it was being done at ” several locations “but did not give details.

Copping said the government recently signed a new agreement with the University of Calgary to get results faster, as results are sometimes about 14 days late.

“But we are improving this process, and we are continuing to monitor this, as well as the other measures that we are observing in regards to the impact of COVID and its evolution in the population,” he said on Wednesday afternoon.

The government previously announced that it was expanding the wastewater tests, which monitor the level of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in wastewater, to cover up to 70% of the province.

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