Number of people in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19 increases

The number of people in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19 continues to rise.

New numbers released by the Alberta government on Wednesday revealed there were 748 patients in hospitals with COVID-19 on Aug. 8, up from 702 a week earlier. Of those patients, 28 are being treated in intensive-care units.

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The province also announced 21 more COVID-19 deaths were recorded over seven days, bringing the total number of verified coronavirus deaths in Alberta to 4,694 since the pandemic began.

Between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8, 1,808 COVID-19 cases were identified as a result of 7,789 tests. Because of limits on who is eligible for a PCR test in Alberta, public health officials have said active case counts and the number of new cases in the province are likely much higher than what is being reported.

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As of Monday, 9,039,069 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Alberta since they became available.

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