‘COVID-19 remains with us,’ says Alta. health minister as province updates weekly data

Alberta updated its COVID-19 data for the first time since last Friday.

There are 956 Albertans with COVID-19 in hospital, including 56 in intensive care.

“I’m pleased to report that hospitalizations due to COVID continue to drop, slowly but surely,” said Health Minister Jason Copping.

“We need to acknowledge that COVID-19 remains with us and the health system is still under significant pressure.”

A total of 4,044 Albertans have died since the pandemic began, a count that grew by 21 over the prior four days.

Alberta’s positivity rate, which Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said is the most important leading indicator, ranged from 20.6 to 27.1 per cent between Friday and Monday.

Hinshaw added BA.2 is now the dominant strain of Omicron in Alberta.

“Although inherently more transmissible than BA.1, so far there is no evidence of it causing more severe disease than BA.1,” she said. “While this is good news, we only have to look back to the fifth wave to see that a virus that is more transmissible can cause a large impact at a population level even if the risk of severe outcomes are the same or lower for individuals.”

Alberta will update its COVID-19 data next Wednesday.

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