Alberta COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to drop Friday

The number of Albertans receiving care in hospital for COVID-19 continued to drop on Friday.

There were 660 people in hospital on Friday, with 141 of those in the ICU. That’s compared to 677 in hospital and 146 in the ICU on Thursday.

Of the 519 non-ICU patients, 72.9 per cent are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, tweeted.

As for the 141 ICU patients, 87.9 per cent are unvaccinated or partially unvaccinated.

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An additional 466 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Friday from 11,495 tests. There are now 6,386 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

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The Calgary zone continued to lead the province with active cases with 1,779. The Edmonton zone had 1,412, there were 1,139 active cases in the Central zone, the South zone had 652 active cases and there were 1,401 active cases in the North zone. There were three active cases not affiliated to a specific zone.

Over the past 24 hours, there were five new deaths reported. Four had pre-existing conditions.

Two of the deaths were reported in the Calgary zone: a man in his 20s and a man in his 60s.

Elsewhere, a woman in her 80s in the North zone and a woman in her 80s in the Edmonton zone also died.

A woman in her 40s in the South zone with no known pre-existing conditions also died.

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There have now been 3,142 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Alberta.

“I extend my sincere condolences to all who are grieving the loss of a loved one from COVID-19 or any other cause,” Hinshaw tweeted.

To date, 87.3 per cent of eligible Albertans over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Of the same group, 80.9 per cent are fully vaccinated.

There have been 325,983 Albertans diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Of those, 316,455 have recovered.

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