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Alberta nears 5,000 COVID-19 related deaths

Alberta reported 32 COVID-19-related deaths over the past seven days, according to data released by the Alberta Government Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 4,983 COVID-19 related deaths in the province.

Between Oct. 11 and 17, there were 1,387 cases of the virus, from about 7,825 tests.

There are now 1,070 people in hospital infected with COVID-19 across Alberta, including 33 in the ICU. Overall, that’s 56 more people in hospital over the last seven days compared to the previous week and two more in the ICU.

In the Central Zone, there are 118 people in hospital — up nine from a week ago — with none in the ICU, down from four last week.

Alberta’s new COVID-19 map provides information only for each of Alberta Health’s five zones, not individual communities. It is also colour-coded to show which zone has an above-average case rate.

By that standard, the Central Zone is rated above average, the Edmonton and South zone are near average, with the Calgary zone below average.

The Central Zone has reported 198 new cases in the last seven days for a total of 62,394 cases and 643 deaths since the pandemic began. The seven-day new case rate is 41.5 per 100,000 people, compared with the provincial average of 29.7.

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