Six new COVID-19 cases in St. Albert on Tuesday

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Overnight, St. Albert had six new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in the city.

On Tuesday, the province released new COVID-19 data, showing active cases in the city dropping from 173 on Monday to 157 on Tuesday, representing a drop of 16 active cases.

Newly diagnosed cases climbed by six, from 1,824 to 1,830 on Tuesday.

Recoveries jumped from 1,623 on Monday to 1,645 on Tuesday, representing an increase of 22 cases recovered.

In Sturgeon County, active cases sit at 33, while 521 people have recovered from the virus since the pandemic began.

Morinville has 22 active cases with 318 people having recovered from COVID-19.

Across Alberta, there were 456 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed with 8,200 tests run. The positivity rate sits at 5.6 per cent, which Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said is still a high rate compared to the one- to three-per-cent seen in Alberta in the summer and fall.

Hinshaw said the province isn't sure why so few people are getting tested but said it could be because fewer people are feeling ill. Hinshaw encouraged anyone who is feeling symptoms to get tested for COVID-19.

There are current 154 active alerts in schools across the province with outbreaks in two schools, representing a total of six per cent of schools. There are 212 total cases linked to schools in the province.

Hinshaw said hospitalizations remain high in Alberta with 740 people currently in the hospital and 119 of them in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

"Our health system is still under severe strain,” Hinshaw said.

In the past 24 hours, another 17 deaths were reported to Alberta Health.

As of Jan. 18, the province has given out 92,315 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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