Alberta’s COVID-19 case counts continue to reach new heights, as the province reported Saturday it has exceeded 25,000 active infections.
Albertas COVID-19 case counts continue to reach new heights, as the province reported Saturday it has exceeded 25,000 active infections for the first time in the pandemic.
The province reported 2,042 new cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday, catapulting it to 25,155 active cases, a new height for active infections that far exceeds peaks recorded during Albertas first and second waves of the virus.
During the first wave, Albertas active case counts topped out at less than 3,000. During the second waves height, there were just under 21,000 active cases in the province. Currently, about one in every 175 Albertans has an active, lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.
Active case counts are at their highest in the Alberta Health Services Calgary zone, where there are 11,178 active infections, comprising 44 per cent of Albertas total.
Albertas 2,042 new infections Saturday came from about 18,800 tests, representing a positivity rate of 10.8 per cent.
Despite the continued surge in cases in Alberta, the provinces hospitalization rates remain stable. There are 661 Albertans currently in hospital with COVID-19, including 148 people receiving treatment in intensive-care units.
Rates of Albertans requiring hospital admission for COVID-19 treatment have plateaued over the past 10 days. Total hospitalizations from the virus remain below the second-wave peak of 906, though ICU utilization is near its highest point.
Two more deaths from COVID-19 were reported Saturday, bringing Albertas toll from the pandemic to 2,108.
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw did not provide an in-person update Saturday, but asked on Twitter for Albertans to continue following public health measures to help drive down case rates in the coming weeks.
Speaking Thursday, Hinshaw said reducing community transmission becomes more difficult as case rates climb.
Our first and second waves showed us that uncontrollable spread can happen quickly, and the higher cases get, the harder it is to bend the curve back down and reduce the spread of infection in the province, Hinshaw said.
We all need to significantly reduce the number of interactions we have in-person every day, in every part of our lives.
As immunizations against COVID-19 take hold among older age groups, the proportion of cases of the virus detected in youth is increasing.
Spread among younger age groups has spiked in recent days. Since May 1, 29 per cent of new cases have been found in those under the age of 18, despite the fact this group makes up only about 24 per cent of Albertans.
Nearly all Alberta schools moved to online learning Friday in an effort to limit spread among younger age groups, though Calgarys public and Catholic junior and senior high schools had already been online since mid-April. In total, 411 Alberta schools have outbreaks of at least five confirmed cases.
Immunizations continue in Alberta at a near-record clip, with an additional 54,242 reported vaccines administered through end-of-day Friday. Its the second-most ever, after nearly 60,000 shots were reported the previous day.
In total, Alberta has administered 1.85 million shots of vaccine, with 1.53 million people having had at least one of the two necessary doses.
Thirty-four per cent of Albertans have now had at least one jab, as have 43 per cent of those age 16 and older.