Alberta adds 369 new COVID-19 cases Friday

Alberta added 369 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

The total number of active cases in the province is now at 2,719.

The Calgary zone accounts for nearly half those cases with 1,414. The Edmonton zone had 527 cases, the South zone had 309, the North zone had 305, the Central zone had 160 and four cases were not linked to a particular zone.

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As of Friday afternoon, 113 people were in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19, up from 102 the day before. The number of people in intensive care units with the illness was 25, up from 24 on Thursday.

Alberta’s positivity rate was at 5.21 per cent on Friday.

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When asked by Global News how many COVID-19 cases have now been linked to the Calgary Stampede, a spokesperson for Alberta Health said the department has so far identified 325 cases “that attended during their incubation period” and that “129 of these were likely acquired at the event.”

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On Friday afternoon, Alberta Health reported that 2,325 people have now died of COVID-19 in Alberta since the pandemic began. The number was four less than a day earlier.

In an email to Global News, a spokesperson for Alberta Health explained that the death toll had dropped because of “recoding.”

“Five previous deaths were recoded as not COVID-related, and one new death was added today, resulting in a net decrease of four deaths.”

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Of Albertans age 12 and older who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, 76.2 per cent have now received at least one dose. Of those people, 66.4 per cent have now had two doses.

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