Alberta reported 134 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, out of 5,428 tests. The province’s seven-day average positivity rate is 1.99%.
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Of the 1,173 active cases, 725 are in the Calgary zone, 211 are in the Edmonton zone, 92 are in the South zone, 80 are in the North zone, 63 are in the Center zone and two are in one zone unknown.
There are 82 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 21 in intensive care.
Three more deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday, bringing the death toll from the disease in the province to 2,325.
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As of July 26, 75.5% of Albertans 12 and older had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 63.9% of eligible Albertans are now fully immunized with two doses.
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that less than half of Albertans between the ages of 20 and 29 are fully immunized – “a number we need to increase.”
“Vaccines save lives, and even the youngest Albertans need the protection that vaccines provide,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
All Albertans 12 years of age and over can get the vaccine. Details on how to make an appointment can be found online or by calling Health Link on 811.
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Dr Darren Markland, an intensive care physician in Edmonton, said Wave Four will be a different experience for Albertans who are vaccinated.
“Most people won’t see it. Everyone who is vaccinated will be safe, ”he said.
“These vaccines worked for every variant. However, it will greatly affect hospitals and hospital support staff. “
Markland said by proxy it will also have an impact on Albertans beyond exposure to COVID-19.
“It could cripple hamstring surgeries and heart operations that need to be done on people who are not facing COVID-19 because they have been vaccinated as they should have been. “
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Markland said Albertans should take note of another resource as well: nurses, doctors and support staff completely exhausted by the pandemic.
“First of all, they won’t be there to lean on them. We used a lot of goodwill for the first three waves, ”he said.
“We’re not just bleeding out the support and regular staff, the environment (with the cuts proposed by the Government of Alberta) makes the job extremely difficult. “
Markland said it’s important to note that the pandemic is not over.
“The idea that this has disappeared is wrong,” he said.