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Alberta records 46 more COVID-19 deaths in last two weeks

The number of people being treated for COVID in hospital reaches 1,014

Alberta reported 46 more COVID-19 deaths over the last two weeks and the number of people being treated in hospital has topped 1,000.

As of Monday, there were 1,014 people being treated for COVID in Alberta hospitals, up 34 from two weeks ago. However, the number in intensive care dropped to 31 from 39 from the period ending Sept. 26. Since the pandemic began, 4,951 Albertans have died from COVID-related complications.

The government said last week that a “data flow problem” meant the usual weekly COVID report would be unavailable until this week.

In the Central Zone, there are 109 people in hospital — up 10 from two weeks ago — with four in ICU — up two from two weeks ago.

Alberta Health’s website has been changed since the last update. The case rate, number of new cases, total cases and total deaths is no longer available for each community. There was also previously a geographic setting that provided information for areas, such as Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis.

The new map provides that information for each of Alberta Health’s five zones. It is also colour-coded to show which zone has an above-average case rate.

By that standard Edmonton and Central Zone are rated above average and the other three zones are below average.

Central Zone has reported 194 new cases in the last seven days for a total of 62,197 cases and 637 deaths since the pandemic began. The seven-day new case rate is 40.7 per 100,000 people, compared with the provincial average of 29.7.

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