Alberta reports 6,257 new COVID-19 cases

Alberta reported 6,257 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a record daily count increasing known active cases to 43,414.

Limits to testing capacity and eligibility and exclusion of take-home rapid test kits results mean the official new case figure understates the actual number of COVID-19 cases.

The number of patients with COVID-19 in hospital increased to 504 on Friday. The ICU count remained at 64.

The province also reported two more deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 3,338.

More than 7.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta, with 79.5 per cent of all Albertans having had at least a first dose and 73.1 per cent having had a second dose. Nearly a quarter of all Albertans, 24.6 per cent, have also had a booster dose.

Alberta will report data for Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Monday.

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