Alberta Health reported that 36 more people were in hospitals receiving care for COVID-19 on Friday than there were on Thursday.
A total of 822 people were hospitalized Friday afternoon with the disease, 81 of whom were receiving intensive care.
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The province also reported that five additional deaths had been reported in the past 24 hours.
Two deaths occurred in the Edmonton area: an 80-year-old with pre-existing conditions and a 90-year-old without pre-existing conditions.
Two people died in the Calgary area: an octogenarian and a nonagenarian, both with pre-existing conditions.
The last dead was an octogenarian in the South zone. Alberta Health says he had no pre-existing conditions.
To date, 3,380 Albertans have died from COVID-19.
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Alberta has made major changes to PCR testing criteria in recent weeks, limiting access to testing to those who live or work in high-risk areas. The average Albertan can no longer receive a PCR test, which means the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta would be much higher than what the province is reporting.
Last week, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said a conservative estimate is that the province catches one in 10 positive cases.
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The province reported an additional 6,163 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, another pandemic record for Alberta. There were a total of 64,129 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta as of Friday afternoon.
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By Hinshaw’s estimate, that means there are likely at least 640,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.
The province also reported that 232 additional cases of COVID-19 involving the Omicron variant had been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
As of Friday, there had been 436,495 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. To date, 368,986 of those confirmed cases have recovered.
On Friday, the province announced that more than eight million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta.
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To date, 89.7% of Albertans aged 12 and older have received one dose, 85.7% aged 12 and older have received two doses, and 158,000 children aged 5 to 11 have received their first dose. pediatric vaccine.
Since booster eligibility is open to everyone 18 years and older, 1.2 million third doses have been administered.
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“I am proud that (Alberta Health Services) and pharmacies have responded to the increased demand for vaccines by quickly and safely delivering doses to Albertans who need them,” Health Minister Jason Copping said in a statement. a statement.
“Vaccines are an important part of our efforts to prevent hospitals and intensive care units from being overwhelmed with new cases of COVID-19, so it is essential that every Albertan continues to receive every dose for which they are eligible.
Those wishing to book a COVID-19 vaccine can do so by calling 811 or visiting the province’s website.
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