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COVID-19 claims 46 more Albertans

5,093 Albertans have died since pandemic began 32 months ago

Another 46 Albertans’ deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past week, reported the province in its weekly update.

The deaths were recorded Nov. 1-7 and bring the province’s death toll since the pandemic began 32 months ago to 5,093. Another 1,408 new COVID cases were identified during the same period and the positivity rate is at 15.81 per cent.

COVID hospitalizations are at 1,090, down five from the week prior. Intensive care unit admissions jumped sharply to 36 from 24 a week earlier.

In Central Zone, there are 92 people in hospital, including four in intensive care. Since the pandemic began, 660 people in the zone have died of COVID-related complications.

The case rate in Central Zone is 28.9 per 100,000 people, which is below the provincial average of 31.9. There were 138 new cases identified in the last week, bringing the number of cases identified through provincial testing to 62,836.

Just under 91 per cent of Albertans 12 and older have received at least one dose, with 87.5 per cent having received two doses.

On Thursday, Friends of Medicare pointed out the number of COVID cases, as well as influenza, the common cold, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are all on the rise earlier than normal for this time of year, especially among children.

The rise in illness is putting more pressure on a short-staffed health-care system, where about 30 hospitals and healthcare facilities are experiencing temporary closures, says the group.

As more children get sick, growing numbers of parents, some of them healthcare workers, must stay home. Friends urged the province to do more to support parents, including ensuring all workers are entitled to paid sick days.

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