Daily COVID-19 cases in Alberta exceed 1,000 for first time since May – .

Daily COVID-19 cases in Alberta exceed 1,000 for first time since May – .

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Alberta’s fourth wave of COVID-19 transmission hit new highs on Wednesday, as the province reported more than 1,000 cases for the first time in more than three months.

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The province has reported 1,076 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest number in a single day since May 15, when Alberta was at the end of the devastating third wave of the pandemic.

The infections came from 11,747 tests, representing a positivity rate of 9.2% – the second highest value recorded in Alberta since May.

After the low number of cases in Alberta in early summer, infection rates began to rise in mid-July, about two weeks after the province lifted almost all restrictions on public life. The outbreak is due to the ultra-contagious variant Delta, which has dominated Alberta since cases started to rise again.

The number of active cases in Alberta continues to increase as the fourth wave develops. There are now 8,496 active cases in Alberta, up from just 1,005 a month earlier.

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Hospitalization rates are also increasing. There are now 284 Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19, a 10% increase from the number of 258 hospitalizations the day before. Of those hospitalized, 59 are in intensive care units.

Vaccines continue to protect Albertans against serious illness. Of those hospitalized with the virus, only 16 percent are fully immunized despite the fact that fully vaccinated Albertans make up 59 percent of the population.

Unvaccinated Albertans also test positive for the virus at a much higher rate than their immune peers. As of Wednesday, there were 49.4 new cases per 100,000 unvaccinated Albertans, compared to 8.7 new cases per 100,000 fully vaccinated Albertans.

In a statement Wednesday, Alberta NDP health critic David Shepherd said the high rates of the spread of COVID-19 should serve as a “wake-up call” for the government.

“It’s clear that UCP has abandoned Albertans in a fourth wave, once again demonstrating that they cannot be trusted to put public health ahead of their own selfish politics,” Shepherd said.

Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw did not speak to the media on Wednesday after the release of Alberta’s COVID-19 figures. Hinshaw last spoke to reporters on August 13, and Kenney has not appeared in public since August 9.

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