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COVID-19 cases continued to decline on Sunday, marking five straight days that the number of new cases declined.
Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, reported 563 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday. the previous sunday, On May 16, there were 1,140 new cases.
Alberta has performed 6,944 COVID tests in the past 24 hours, for an 8% positivity rate. Last Sunday, 9.6% of the tests came back positive.
There were 14,533 active cases in Alberta on Sunday, up from 21,192 the week before.
Hospitalizations also fell last week. As of May 16, 647 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 186 in intensive care. As of Sunday, there were 581 COVID-related hospitalizations, including 162 in intensive care.
The province has also made progress on the immunization front, going from 2,189,999 doses to 2,506,919 within a week. 48.2% of Albertans have now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Six more Albertans have died after testing positive for the virus since Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 2,176.
Of the active cases from Alberta, 3,562 were in the Edmonton area, 6,360 in Calgary, 2,278 in the northern area, 1,573 in central Alberta and 753 in the southern part of the province.