Alberta announces 30,000-plus active COVID-19 cases; hospitalizations still rising

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EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says a surging wave of COVID-19 cases fuelled by the Omicron variant has grown to more than 30,000 active cases with 436 people in hospital with the infection.

That's an increase of more than 10,000 cases in the last four to five days and a record since the pandemic began.

There were 371 people in hospital with the virus last week.

Kenney says the actual case count is likely to be much higher given that the positivity rate is hovering around 30 per cent — another record high — and adds he expects hospitalizations to continue to increase in the coming weeks.

Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, made the comments today at the first full COVID-19 update of the new year.

Hinshaw says there has been an average of 3,240 new cases daily since Friday.

There are 61 people in intensive care with COVID-19, up from 48 reported on New Year’s Eve.

Kenney says the province has obtained an extra 10 million rapid-test kits, with the first million arriving last week.

The Canadian Press

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