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As of Sunday, this positivity rate fell to 0.69% with 31 new cases of COVID-19 detected

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Two more Albertans died from COVID-19 over the weekend as new daily cases of the disease fell sharply in recent days to reach a positivity rate of less than 1%.

After a technical issue prevented the release of updated figures on Friday and the figures are no longer released this weekend, Alberta Health said on Monday that 81 new infections were detected last Thursday, with a positivity rate of 1.44%.

As of Sunday, that positivity rate had fallen to 0.87%, with 31 new cases of COVID-19 detected.

These are the lowest test positivity numbers in almost exactly a year, as active cases in the province fell from 1,580 last Thursday to 1,261 Sunday.

And the number of Albertans hospitalized with the disease also continued to decline, from 190 on June 23 to 179 on Sunday, with intensive care admissions dropping from 50 to 39.

These figures – which now include a total death toll of 2,295 – come just days before the province lifts virtually all public health restrictions related to COVID-19 on July 1, some of which have been in place for more than 15 years. month.

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“Your care, along with the large number of Albertans who have stepped up to get vaccinated, means we are crushing COVID! Prime Minister Jason Kenney tweeted Monday.

But on Friday, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at another Calgary hospital, this time the Peter Lougheed Center, where two patients tested positive in one unit.

One of them was infected with the Delta variant and had been fully immune, AHS said.

This follows an ongoing outbreak at Foothills Medical Center declared on May 31 with 22 patients and staff infected with the Delta variant – three of them died even though one was completely inoculated.

And some doctors remain concerned about the level and timing of vaccinations in the province, particularly in the presence of the highly infectious Delta variant of concern and regional disparities in the doses administered.

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As of June 23, 71.3 percent of eligible Albertans over 12 had received at least one dose, while 34.3 percent had been fully immunized.

As of Sunday, that number had climbed to 71.7% and 38.6%, respectively.

But among the general population, 61% and 32.9% received at least one dose or both.

While the province is generally doing well in distributing vaccines, it still needs to act faster to get life back to normal, said Dr. Noel Gibney, an intensive care physician at the University of Alberta.

“I am concerned for the over one million eligible Albertans who have not even received a single injection. They are at risk of serious illness, ”Gibney said in an email.

“Even if they don’t care about themselves, they could put pressure on hospitals and intensive care units again in September / October and cause further postponements of major surgeries. “

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In another tweet on Monday, Kenney acknowledged that some challenges awaited him but remained optimistic.

“In the future, the number of cases will increase and decrease, variants will appear to become dominant strains and some unvaccinated people will get sick,” he said.

“But if we keep increasing those immunization numbers, we can avoid widespread serious results, protect the health care system and be open for good. “

Meanwhile, a UK vaccine study reports that getting a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine four weeks after a dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca produced a much stronger immune response than two doses of AstraZeneca.

The results are similar to those reported earlier this year from small studies in Germany and Spain and will strengthen the decision to mix and match vaccines across much of Canada.

But there has been a Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine shortage in recent days in Alberta, with many hoping to receive a second dose amid delays in scheduling appointments.

Provincial health officials have said those looking for a second injection should take the first type of vaccine available to them, such as Moderna.

– With files from the Canadian Press

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