The number of Albertans with COVID-19 in hospital has surpassed 1,600 for the first time in the pandemic while also setting a new record high, according to the province’s Wednesday data update.
The latest figures show 1,598 patients in hospital, the second-highest count to date. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s count of 1,585 was revised to a pandemic-high 1,627.
Hospitalization data is routinely revised for accuracy and to account for reporting delays.
The 16 highest patient counts have all come in the last 16 days.
Wednesday’s update lists 106 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units.
That number has held relatively steady recently, as patient counts fluctuated between a low of 101 and a high 114 over the past two weeks.
Alberta’s COVID-19 death toll grew by 14, up to 3,593, with the deaths coming in individuals ranging in age from their 50s to more than 80 years old.
Sixty-eight Albertans have died due to COVID-19 over the past week.