Another 1,688 COVID-19 cases were identified and eight new virus-related deaths were reported in Alberta over the past week.
The number of cases is down from from 1,717 a week earlier, when 13 new deaths were recorded. There have now been 4,673 deaths connected to COVID.
The provincial government released the July 26 to Aug. 1 COVID numbers Wednesday, showing there are currently 702 hospitalizations — up 53 from a week earlier — in Alberta. There are 28 people in intensive care, two more than a week ago.
The seven-day average positivity rate has dropped to 22.3 per cent from 23.3 per cent.
In Central Zone, there are 68 in hospital — up seven — and one in ICU — compared with none a week earlier.
Forty-eight new cases — down three 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, 15 cases — down two — were identified in Red Deer County, Mountain View County recorded eight, Sylvan Lake had two, Clearwater County four, one was identified in Stettler County and four were reported in Olds.
The City of Camrose added seven new cases, Kneehill County added nine, Drumheller added seven and Camrose County added one.
Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis, had 16 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 12.