Another 25 COVID-19 deaths, 1,123 cases reported in Alberta

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There are 911 Albertans in hospital which includes the 141 patients admitted to intensive-care units across the province. The majority of patients are receiving care in hospitals in the Edmonton zone; the region with the greatest number of active cases.

About 42 per cent of the province’s active cases are in the Edmonton zone, followed by the Calgary zone with about 35 per cent of cases.

According to Alberta Health, 30,033 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered by the end of day Tuesday.

A union representing federal prison guards says vaccinating them against COVID-19 should be a priority, given their front-line role in correctional institutions.

Members should be inoculated at their workplaces as quickly as possible, said Jeff Wilkins, national president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers.

The call came Wednesday amid talk of plans by the Correctional Service to begin vaccinating inmates Friday.

The union said the prison service has sent some 1,200 doses of vaccines to various institutions and plans to immunize elderly inmates first.

The Correctional Service had no immediate comment.

About 225 of the union’s more than 7,400 members have tested positive for COVID-19, Wilkins said Wednesday.

— With files from The Canadian Press
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