Alberta reports 12 COVID-19 deaths, 811 new cases

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Nearly 45,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta, as the province reports another 811 cases and 12 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

For every 100,000 population, 1,017.5 doses have been given, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Twitter Sunday afternoon. That’s one in every 98 Albertans who have now been vaccinated, with a total of 44,994 doses administered by the end of the day on Saturday.

Even as the vaccine is rolled out, Hinshaw reminded people of the importance of following public health measures to rescue the health-care system and lower the daily death rate. Aside from the restrictions regarding schools, which are set to reopen on Monday, all public health measures were extended until at least Jan. 21.

“Please continue to follow current health measures in place: wear a mask in all indoor public settings and keep social gatherings to members of the same household,” Hinshaw said.

Another 12 people were reported to have died from COVID-19 on Sunday, following a record-high 31 on Saturday. The province has lost a total of 1,284 people to the deadly virus.

Of the 12 most recent deaths, two were from Calgary and both were linked to the outbreak at AgeCare Skypointe which is grappling with the deadliest outbreak in the city.

The 811 new cases come from 12,302 tests, making for a positivity rate of 6.6 per cent and bringing the number of active cases in the province to 14,116.

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