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Nearly two dozen COVID-related deaths reported, new cases continue climb

Last Updated Oct 1, 2021 at 12:42 am MST

CALGARY — It was another day of alarming COVID-19 numbers in Alberta on Thursday.

As the province prepares to welcome assistance from across the country to fight the crippling fourth wave, severe outcomes from the virus remain on the rise.

Over the last day, 20 additional COVID-related deaths were reported in Alberta.

WATCH: Premier Jason Kenney is joined by Health Minister Jason Copping and AHS President Dr. Verna Yiu to provide a COVID-19 update.

The newly reported deaths ranged from a person in their 20s, up to several Albertans in their 90s.

Alberta Health reporting the youngest death, a man in his 20s from the province’s North Zone, did not include any pre-existing conditions.

With this update, Alberta has now surpassed 2,700 COVID-related deaths to date.

As for hospitalizations in the province, there are now 1,082 people in hospital, 263 of which are in the ICU.

Of those in hospital with COVID-19, more than 74 per cent are unvaccinated.

There were 1,706 new cases of COVID-19 identified over the last day. The new cases coming after more than 17,000 tests were completed for a positivity rate of around 9.7 per cent.

There are now 20,255 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Of active infections, over 70 per cent are unvaccinated.


As for vaccinations in Alberta, more than 6.06 million doses have been administered to date.

Of those 12 and older in Alberta, 83.6 per cent have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 74.3 per cent are now fully vaccinated.