Alberta reports 1,608 new COVID-19 cases, second highest number during pandemic

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Alberta reported 1,608 new COVID-19 cases and nine additional deaths on Saturday.
The total number of active cases in Alberta has risen to 15,692, depending on the province. There are 435 people in the hospital and 95 in intensive care.

According to the province, there is a “short delay in the event of a death reported to Alberta Health or a death confirmed postmortem as having COVID-19 as a contributing cause.”

The nine deaths bring the provincial total to 533. Of them, five are linked to the outbreak at the Edmonton Chinatown Care Center in Edmonton. They include a man and a woman, both aged 80, who died on November 25. They had underlying conditions with COVID-19. A man in his sixties died on November 26 who also suffered from underlying illnesses. Another 90-year-old man and woman who died on November 27 also had one or more additional conditions.

The remaining deaths include a man in his 90s linked to the outbreak at Westlock Continuing Care Center in the northern area. The province has not confirmed whether it has any underlying conditions. Another man in his 90s in the southern zone who died on November 28 also with underlying conditions.

Another man in his 80s linked to the outbreak at the Laurel Heights retirement residence in the Edmonton area who died on November 28, and a man in his 80s who died on November 29 due to the outbreak at Clifton Manor in the Calgary area. The province could not confirm the underlying conditions for either.

A regional breakdown of cases as of Saturday shows the impact of COVID-19 in different parts of the province:

  • Calgary area: 5,756 active cases
  • South zone: 642 active cases
  • Edmonton area: 7,230 active cases
  • North Zone: 857 active cases
  • Central zone: 1101 active cases
  • Unknown: 106 active cases

The majority of people in hospital and intensive care come from the Edmonton area. There are 222 people hospitalized in Edmonton and 50 in intensive care. By comparison, Calgary has 138 people in hospital and 33 in intensive care. Hospitalizations in the remaining areas are in double digits.

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