Alberta nears 15,000 total COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic

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There are two other outbreak sites in the northeast contributing to the high case count, which includes the Peter Lougheed Centre and the Cargill Case Ready meat packing plant.

Younger people driving spike in cases

Younger people are driving COVID-19 infection rates in Alberta in recent weeks.

The age group with the most new cases reported between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3 are those between 30 and 39 years of age, followed closely by 20-29 year olds and 40-49 year olds. The three groups total 525 new cases in the single week span.

Comparatively, those aged 50 upwards only total 226 in the same time period.

The majority of new cases are the result of close contact with an individual who has tested positive for the deadly virus. However, there is a significant amount of recent cases where the origin is unknown.

Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths

Two-hundred and forty-two Albertans have died from COVID-19 as the province enters its seventh month of the global pandemic. There has also been a total 712 hospitalizations with 133 admitted to the ICU, as of Thursday.

The average age for someone who dies of the novel coronavirus is 83, while the average age of those hospitalized sits at 62, although that number drops to 61 for those with an ICU stay.

Albertans who have died from COVID-19 more likely than not have had a comorbidity, the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient.

Almost 73 per cent of residents who have died from COVID-19 had three or more comorbidities. Eighteen per cent had two pre-existing conditions, 5.9 per cent had one comorbidity and only 3.3 per cent had no known additional conditions.

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