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Two new Omicron cases discovered in Alberta as active cases, hospitalizations see declining numbers

This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-C.S. Goldsmith, A. Tamin/ CDC via AP

The total number of cases of the Omicron variant saw another slight increase in Alberta on Thursday.

After two new cases were identified, the total number of cases of that variant sits at 19.

As a whole, the province reported 333 new cases of COVID-19 on more than 10,000 tests for a positivity rate of around 3.3 per cent.

Active infections continue to fall in the province as there are now 4,094 active cases in Alberta — a decrease of 46 from Wednesday.

This is the lowest active case count seen in Alberta since mid-August.

As for hospitalization numbers, there are now 368 people being treated in hospital — a five patient decrease from the day prior.

Of those in hospital, 70 are in the ICU. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says of those in the ICU, 75.7 per cent are either unvaccinated or have only received one shot.


On Wednesday, Hinshaw reported on Twitter one of four new deaths was a 20-year-old with no pre-existing conditions.

She said that case was under review to check if COVID was, in fact, a cause of death.

In Thursday’s update, Alberta Health removed that death from the total tally, saying the death was not due to COVID.

There were no deaths reported in Thursday’s update.

Pediatric vaccination numbers continue climb

Since Wednesday, 3,273 kids aged five to 11 received their first COVID vaccine dose.

To date, more than 75,000 kids in that age group have received their first shot making up about 19.4 per cent of that population.

As for the rest of Alberta population, 89.1 per cent of those 12 and older have received at least one COVID vaccine, while 84.6 per cent are fully immunized.

There have been 7.07 million doses of COVID vaccine administered in the province to date.