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Alberta reports 42 new COVID-19 related deaths

Alberta is reporting an additional 42 COVID-19 related deaths over the past week.

In its weekly update on the virus, the province reported 1,367 new of COVID-19 between Aug. 23 and 29.

While cases were down from the 1,858 reported the previous week, deaths were up significantly from the 27 reported from Aug. 16 to 23.

Overall, there have been 4,790 deaths connected with COVID-19 in Alberta.

The seven-day average positivity rate was about 18.77 per cent, down from 21.86 last week.

Across the province, there are 857 people in hospital with the virus, including 20 in the ICU.

In Central Zone, there are 83 people in hospital — down one from last week — and none in ICU, down four from a week earlier.

Thirty-nine new cases were identified in the City of Red Deer over the seven-day period ending this past Monday, according to geospatial mapping on the provincial government’s website.

Over that same time period, one case was identified in Red Deer County, five in Lacombe County, and six in the City of Lacombe.

Over that same time period, Mountain View County recorded nine, Sylvan Lake had seven, Clearwater County two, four were identified in Stettler County and one was reported in Olds.

The City of Camrose added 12 new cases, Kneehill County added three, Drumheller added four and Camrose County added three.

Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis, had seven new cases over the past seven days, while Rimbey, including West Ponoka County and parts of Lacombe County, had two and Ponoka, including east Ponoka County, had one.

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