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COVID-related deaths surge in Alberta as hospitalizations continue climb

Last Updated Sep 15, 2021 at 10:46 pm MDT

Summary

Of the new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, nearly 71 per cent are unvaccinated.

Of the 218 people in the ICU with COVID-19, 194 are unvaccinated, or about 89 per cent.

Calgary continues to lead the province in active infections with 4,039.

CALGARY — COVID-related deaths continue to rise in Alberta, as the province reported 24 more people have died from the virus.

Wednesday’s update comes close to the record number of deaths recorded, which was 31 on Jan. 8.

The province also reported 1,609 new cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday.

The new infections come after nearly 16,000 tests were completed for a positivity rate of around 10.1 per cent.

Meanwhile, there are now 18,421 active cases of the virus in Alberta.


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There are now 877 people in hospital, a staggering 55 person increase from Tuesday, while 218 people are now in the ICU.

Of those currently in the ICU with COVID-19, 194 are unvaccinated.

To date, more than 5.67 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

Of the eligible population, 79.5 per cent have received one dose, while 71.4 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

Wednesday’s COVID numbers update comes just hours ahead of Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw holding a live update on COVID-19.

A source has confirmed to 660 NEWS that some kind of vaccine passport system will be coming to the province.

To catch that update live, you can listen to 660 NEWS, or watch the live stream on our site by clicking here.