Eight patients in Central Zone were among the 61 people who died in the last week from COVID-19, reported Alberta Health on Wednesday.
Since the pandemic began, 4,452 people in Alberta have died, including 575 people in Central Zone and 110 in Red Deer, which had no more deaths in the last reporting period from May 10-16.
At of the end of the day on May 16, 1,165 people were in hospital with COVID, down from 1,225 the previous week.
There were 3,614 positive cases out of 18,349 PCR tests and the average positivity rate was just under 20 per cent, compared with just under 23 per cent a week earlier.
In Red Deer, the number of new COVID cases over the previous seven days ending on Monday was 79 — down 31 over the previous seven days. The seven-day case rate is down to 74.3 per 100,000 people, compared with 103.4 a week ago.
The total number of Red Deer cases since the pandemic began is now 15,040.
In the Central Zone, there are 161 people — up four from a week ago — in hospital infected with the virus, including three — the same as a week earlier — in the ICU. So, far 575 people have died — up eight from a week ago — from COVID-19 complications since the pandemic began.
In Red Deer County, there were 18 new cases over seven days, up two from the seven days prior.
Sylvan Lake has had 18 new cases, Lacombe 10, Olds 12, Wetaskiwin six, Camrose 18 and Drumheller five.
Lacombe County has had five, Clearwater County 16, County of Stettler four, Mountain View County 14, Kneehill County 20 and Camrose County four.
On the local geographic area setting, Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis, has had 17 new cases, while Ponoka, including East Ponoka County, had 15 and Rimbey, including West Ponoka County and part of Lacombe County, had one.