Alberta reports 112 deaths from COVID-19 over holidays, as province surpasses 1,000 deaths

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The three youngest to have died of these 112 people were three women in their 40s: a woman from the Calgary zone, a woman from the Central zone and a woman in the Edmonton zone.

Alberta surpassed the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths on the same day Canada surpassed 15,000. Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney released a statement on Monday addressing the loss of life.

“It represents more than 1,000 mothers, wives, fathers, husbands — empty spaces around the table that can never be filled. Each one means that there is a family that is grieving, a friend who has lost someone they loved, a child who lost their parent, a partner who lost their true love,” Kenney said.

Even as the province reaches this painful milestone, however, Kenney said there is reason for hope.

“As of today, more than 6,000 Albertans have received their first vaccine doses. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And so on this grim day, I ask all Albertans to double down on our public health measures.”

Immunizations of health-care workers have continued over the holidays in Alberta, except on Christmas Day and later this week on New Year’s Day.

Another 1,007 cases of COVID-19 were identified on Dec. 23, followed by 1,191 on Dec. 24, 914 on Dec. 25, 459 on Saturday and 917 on Sunday. Hinshaw partially attributes the lower number of cases being confirmed to the fewer number of tests being done each day this week.

There are 15,487 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. The number of Albertans receiving care in the hospital remains high, with 878 hospitalized patients, including 148 in intensive-care units.

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