Alberta health officials have identified 111 new cases in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, after completing 8,735 tests for COVID-19.
It marks the eighth day of the past nine that officials have announced at least 100 cases. Before the recent stretch, the province hadn’t recorded a triple-digit daily case increase since May 1.
Two more deaths were also recorded in the Edmonton region, increasing the death toll to 178. According to CBC, one of the victims was a woman in her 100s, linked to the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre, while the other was a woman in her 80s linked to Shepherd’s Care Greenfield.
Throughout the pandemic, Alberta has had 10,086 cases of COVID-19. That includes 8,567 people who have recovered, up by 61 since Thursday.
There are now 1,341 active cases of COVID-19 across the province, which is a stark increase compared to 568 there were on July 10, according to Alberta Health Services.
The Calgary zone has 703 of the province’s active cases (up by 37), the Central zone has 167 (up by six), the South has 141 (up by seven), while the Edmonton zone still has 132, and the North has 90 (down by two).
Health officials did not hold a press conference Friday, but a day earlier the province’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the recent numbers “need to be a wake-up call.”
What has the last week in Alberta looked like?
– 867 total new cases, or 123/day
– With 56,470 total tests, that’s a 1.54% positive rate
– Active cases now up to 1341 (+482)
– Hospitalizations now up to 95 (+27), ICU 19 (+6)
– 11 new deaths#yeg #yyc #ableg #covid19ab https://t.co/a9GX3i40Rv
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) July 24, 2020
Of the currently active cases, there are now 95 patients in hospital (down by 11 since Thursday), which includes 19 in intensive care (down by two). The province hit its peak with 113 overall hospital admissions on April 30, and 23 ICU admissions on May 1.
To date, 623,442 tests have been performed in Alberta.