Alberta reports three more deaths from COVID-19, 173 new cases of illness

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Alberta reported three more deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday and 173 new cases of the disease.Across the province, there were 1,596 active cases, an increase of 14 from the previous day.

Hospitals are treating 64 patients with COVID-19, including 12 people in intensive care beds.

One of the recent deaths involved a patient at Foothills Medical Center in Calgary. The other two were an 80-year-old man from the Edmonton area who was not a continuing care resident and a 90-year-old man from Millwoods Shepherd’s Care Center in Edmonton.

This brings the death toll to 270 since the start of the pandemic.

The regional distribution of active cases was:

  • Edmonton area: 851 cases.
  • Calgary area: 587 cases.
  • North Zone: 102 checkouts.
  • South zone: 32 cases.
  • Central zone: 19 cases.
  • Unknown: five cases.

A line graph showing active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta reveals some key dates and trends.

The graph peaked on April 30, when there were 2,994 active cases in the province. From that day on, the numbers declined steadily and finally dropped below 1000 on May 14.

Then came what you might call the summer lull, when the number of cases remained below the thousands mark until July 18, when they reached 1,019.

Since then, in the past 10 weeks, active cases have never fallen below 1,000 again. As of Wednesday, 1,582 people were reported in the province.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, will update the numbers at a press conference Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

You can watch it here live.

Alberta Health Services announced Thursday that they are contacting about 5,000 people whose negative test results had not been successfully transmitted by automated text messaging or autodial systems between the 10th and 29th. September.

The error that caused the problem was identified and corrected on September 29, AHS said in a press release.

People whose results have been affected will receive phone calls or text messages from AHS.

“Only those with negative results will have been affected, as all positive results are followed by a direct phone call from AHS,” the statement said.

During this period, more than 224,000 COVID-19 test results were provided by text and autodialer.

The error affected less than three percent of all results, AHS said.

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