Alberta now has more than 15,000 active cases of COVID-19. (File photo)

Alberta now has more than 15,000 active cases of COVID-19. (File photo)

Red Deer up to 483 active COVID-19 cases

Alberta reported 1,166 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

Red Deer is up to 483 active cases of the virus, with 6,082 recovered cases, 6,609 total cases to date and 44 deaths.

The province also announced 18 new virus deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,425. Alberta now has 15,618 active cases of the virus, with 647 people in hospital, including 147 in intensive care.

Of the 500 non-ICU COVID-19 cases, 76.6 per cent are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Of the 147 in ICU, 89 per cent are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

“Today’s update is overwhelming. We lost 18 more Albertans to COVID-19 yesterday. Our hearts go out to their families and to the families of all those who have lost loved ones. More than that, we see a staggering spike in hospitalizations and once again, a rise in the number of Albertans ICU. Today is a reminder that this pandemic is not over,” said David Shepherd, Alberta NDP health critic in a news release.

”We are experiencing a serious fourth wave that is having devastating consequences for families across Alberta. Today, we also learned that AHS has been forced to cancel even more surgeries, leaving more Albertans waiting and worrying in pain as their condition worsens.”

The Central zone has 2,120 active cases of the virus, with 100 people in hospital and 17 in the ICU.

According to geospatial mapping on the provincial government’s website, Red Deer County has 176 active cases, Lacombe County has 138, Clearwater County has 152 and Mountain View County has 124. Olds sits at 121 active cases of the virus, Lacombe has 61 active cases, Sylvan Lake has 71 and the County of Stettler has 77.

Kneehill County has 41, Camrose County has 28, Wetaskiwin has 41 and the City of Camrose has 64. Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis has 105 active cases, while Ponoka, including East Ponoka County has 42. Rimbey, including parts of Lacombe County and West Ponoka County has 77.