(Black Press file photo).

(Black Press file photo).

Alberta’s COVID cases and deaths have increased this week

From Aug. 2-8, 1,808 viral cases were identified in the province

Another 1,808 COVID-19 cases were identified, and 21 new virus-related deaths were reported in Alberta between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8.

The numbers are up from the 1,688 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths that were identified the previous week.

There have now been a total of 4,694 deaths connected to COVID in Alberta.

The provincial government released the Aug. 2-8 COVID numbers Wednesday, showing there are currently 748 hospitalizations — up 46 from a week earlier — in Alberta. There are still 28 people in intensive care, the same as a week ago.

The seven-day average positivity rate has increased to 23.73 per cent, up from 22.3 per cent.

As of August 2, the province also opened up the COVID-19 vaccine to kids under 5. As of Aug. 8, 3,951 kids between the ages of 1-4 have received a COVID-19 shot and 381 children between six and 11 months have recieved their first dose.

In Central Zone, there are 77 people in hospital — up seven — and two in ICU, compared to one person a week ago.

Forty-three new cases — down five from a week earlier — 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, 18 cases — down three — were identified in Red Deer County, four in Lacombe County, and one in the City of Lacombe.

Mountain View County recorded 10, Sylvan Lake had four, Clearwater County five, four were identified in Stettler County and 10 were reported in Olds.

The City of Camrose added 10 new cases, Kneehill County added eight, Drumheller added eight and Camrose County had zero.

Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis, had 25 new cases over the past seven days, while Rimbey, including West Ponoka County and park of Lacombe County, had two and Ponoka, including east Ponoka County, had four.

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