COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta drop below 100 – .

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta drop below 100 – .

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As of Tuesday, 98 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, including 27 in intensive care units. This is the first time since October 10 that hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have dropped below 100.

At that time, there were 98 in the hospital, including 14 in intensive care, and the province was weeks away from the second wave of infections that peaked in December. Hospitalizations did not drop as low between the second and third wave of infections.

The majority of current patients are in hospitals in the Calgary area, including 63 percent of those in intensive care. More than half of the province’s active cases are in the Calgary area.

Of the 606 active cases across Alberta, 341 are in the Calgary area, while 117 are in the Edmonton area, 66 in the north area, 50 in the central area and 28 in the south area.

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The R-value, or reproduction number, recorded last week in the Calgary area, however, averaged 0.88, meaning the rate of transmission was declining. It was slightly above the provincial average of 0.84, but below the Edmonton area average of 0.97.

The Alberta Department of Health on Tuesday reported 69 new cases out of 5,010 completed tests, for a positivity rate of about 1.4%.

Of these cases, 17 were identified as the Delta variant. Alberta has detected a total of 1,087 cases of the Delta variant, which is known to be highly contagious.

With more than five million doses of the vaccine in the arms of Albertans, 60.2% of people 12 years of age and older are fully immunized with two injections. 74.8% received at least one first injection.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on social media that she was delighted that more than 60% of those eligible received their second injection.

“Remember: the best time to get vaccinated is now,” Hinshaw said on Twitter.

“Delaying your first or second shot puts you at significant risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Protect yourself and your loved ones by reserving your photo today.

Two more deaths were reported on Tuesday, bringing the death toll in Alberta to 2,318.

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