Alberta COVID-19 hospitalizations see slight increase

Alberta reported its latest COVID-19 data on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations grew by 36 since last Wednesday to a total of 990, while ICU admissions dropped by three to 44.

The province also reported 30 COVID-19 deaths, increasing the total number of deaths to 4,104.

Alberta also added 5,549 new cases from PCR tests over the past seven days, however the actual number of recent cases is unclear due to testing limitations.

“As more Albertans get back to normal, we will see cases and virus levels rise and fall,” Health Minister Jason Copping said in a release. “However, these fluctuations do not necessarily require the measures we’ve put in place before. The number of COVID-positive patients in hospital remains stable at this time. The total number of patients in our hospitals is also stable, within normal capacity overall, and in line with the level at this time of year before the pandemic.”

The province has administered more than 8.6 million vaccine doses.

Copping said Alberta would give a live update on Thursday.

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