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Alberta reports 44 new COVID-19 related deaths

Alberta reported another 44 COVID-19-related deaths over the past week, according to publicly available provincial data.

In its weekly report, the province said there were 1,344 cases of the virus over the past seven days and the 44 deaths bring the death toll up to 5,137 since the onset of the pandemic.

Across the province, there are 1,141 people in hospital with COVID-19, up 51 from last week, with 40 in the ICU which is four more than previously reported.

In the Central zone, there are 121 people infected with the virus in the hospital, including 12 in the ICU.

According to geospatial mapping on the provincial government’s COVID-19 website, the Central zone has a seven-day new case rate of 28.5 per 100,000, slightly below the provincial average of 30.4. There were 136 new cases over the past seven days in the zone.

Calgary has 32.8 cases per 100,000 over the past seven days, while Edmonton has 29.1. The South zone sits at 23.1 and the North zone is 31.2.

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