Alberta reports 516 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths Thursday

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About 59 per cent of new COVID-19 cases are people who are not vaccinated against the illness. (NIAID-RML/Reuters - image credit)
About 59 per cent of new COVID-19 cases are people who are not vaccinated against the illness. (NIAID-RML/Reuters - image credit)

Alberta public health officials reported 516 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths Thursday.

The new deaths push the total number of COVID-19 deaths reported in Alberta throughout the pandemic to 3,137.

There are now 6,515 known active cases across the province, a decline of 178 cases since Wednesday's update.

Here's how active cases break down regionally:

  • Calgary zone: 1,771

  • Edmonton zone: 1,468

  • North zone: 1,402

  • Central zone: 1,176

  • South zone: 695

  • Unknown: 3

The new cases reported Thursday were detected on 12,388 tests, with a test-positivity rate around 4.4 per cent.

The North zone had the highest test-positivity rate, with 10.37 per cent of COVID-19 tests returning positive results.

About 59 per cent of new COVID-19 cases are people who are not vaccinated against the illness.

Hospitalizations continue to decline. As of Thursday's update, there are 677 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 146 patients in intensive care units. Of the ICU patients, 89 per cent are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

A month ago, Alberta hospitals were treating 1,079 patients for COVID-19, 257 of whom required critical care.

The province did not have up-to-date vaccination information due to a technical issue for the second time this week.

As of Wednesday's update, 80.6 per cent of eligible Albertans have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine; 87.2 per cent of have received their first jab.

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