Latest COVID-19 stats in St. Albert show 105 new cases, 99 recoveries over holidays

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Another three COVID-19 related deaths were reported in St. Albert over the past five days.

On Monday, the province released new data for the first time since Dec 23, which showed three new deaths in the city. To date, the province has recorded thirteen deaths in the city from COVID-19, many linked to outbreaks at seniors facilities. A current outbreak at the St. Albert Chartwell Retirement Residence has claimed nine lives so far.

In the period between Dec. 23 and Dec. 27, St. Albert added 105 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases the city has seen so far from 1,461 to 1,566. In that same period, another 99 people have recovered from the virus.

There are currently 339 St. Albertans actively diagnosed with COVID-19.

Sturgeon County has 72 active cases with 431 people having recovered from the virus so far. The county reported a second death over the five-day period. The county has seen a total of 505 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Morinville, there are currently 68 active cases with 226 people having recovered from the virus so far. The town has seen 297 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, and three deaths.

Throughout the holidays, daily COVID-19 case numbers in Alberta slowed, but Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hinshaw said that is due in part to fewer tests being conducted.

"Today, while I am pleased to report we have continued to see a decline in our active case numbers over the last five days, it is important to note that part of this decline has been due to less people presenting for testing, which is not surprising over the holidays," Hinshaw said.

The deaths of 112 more Albertans were reported by the province over the holidays, and the province diagnosed more than 4,000 new cases.

There are currently 15,487 active cases of COVID-19 reported by Alberta Health in the province.

Hinshaw said she continues to be concerned about the amount of hospitalization in the province, with 878 Albertans currently hospitalized and 148 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Albert Gazette