Coronavirus Canada Updates: New cases of COVID-19 climb back over 2,000 again in Alberta

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Alberta reported 2,042 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and two more deaths from the illness.

The latest COVID-19 numbers:

New numbers are expected to be released by the province around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Alberta reported 2,042 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and two more deaths from the illness.

Across the province there are now 25,155 active cases, which is the highest active-case tally in Canada.
The positivity rate is 10.9 per cent.

The province has the highest active case rate in Canada and the United States, with 562 active cases per 100,000 people — more than double the case rate of Ontario, the next-highest province, which is 228.
There are now 661 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 148 people in intensive care.

Alberta’s death toll increased by two for a total of 2,108 deaths.

The latest R-value reported for the province was 1.12, significantly higher than last week’s R-value of 1.04, meaning the virus is spreading to more people for each confirmed case.
179,894 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

Currently, 857 schools, about 33 per cent of all schools in Alberta, are on alert or have outbreaks. In-school transmission is believed to have occurred in 729 schools.

Because of an increase in the number of Albertans in the Calgary zone requesting a COVID-19 test, it may take three to five days from the time someone makes a request to when testing occurs, AHS said last week.

Alberta is cutting back scheduled surgeries in its two major cities and the northern part of the province to make room for a possible influx of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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