Alberta reports death of one-year-old child linked to COVID – .

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The death was one of 10 related to COVID-19 reported by Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw at an afternoon press conference.

“While I note that this child had complex pre-existing medical issues which played a significant role, this does not diminish the tragic loss of such a young person,” Hinshaw said.

“My thoughts are with those who mourn this individual and all the others, including all those who have had to say goodbye to someone they care about, regardless of the cause of death. “

This is the first pediatric death in Alberta from COVID-19. It was announced the same day that the province detailed its plans to roll out vaccines against the virus to children between the ages of five and 11.

Last month, Alberta reported that a 14-year-old boy had died from the virus, but it was later revealed that he had in fact died of brain cancer. The error prompted the province to conduct a review of suspected COVID-19 deaths of people under the age of 18 before reporting them.

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Alberta’s death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic stands at 3,227. That number includes 33 people in their 30s, 14 in their 20s and one in their 18s.

The province also reported 253 new cases of the virus on Tuesday. This is the fewest cases in a single day since August 8, although infections have come from just 5,311 tests, which represents a test positivity rate of 4.8%. There are now 5,001 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, up from 5,311 the day before.

A total of 475 Albertans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 94 in intensive care units. This is a significant drop in ICU admissions from the peak of Wave Four, but overall utilization still remains above Alberta’s baseline of 173 adult general intensive care beds.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Health Minister Jason Copping announced that Alberta will update its vaccine proof QR code to comply with the federal government’s proof of vaccine, which will be required for domestic and international travel from November 30.

Alberta was the last province to join the federal vaccine testing system. The updated QR code is expected to be available Wednesday at alberta.ca/covidrecords.

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