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Alberta gov’t identifies estimated 500 new COVID-19 cases

‘Fewer people were tested Dec. 25 so fewer tests were processed and reported on Dec. 26’

Alberta has added another estimated 500 COVID-19 cases, says the province’s chief medical officer of health.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw tweeted a preliminary update Sunday morning, which featured estimated statistics from Boxing Day.

Only 500 new cases were identified, but just 6,900 laboratory tests were completed.

“Please note: fewer people were tested Dec. 25 so fewer tests were processed and reported on Dec. 26,” Hinshaw tweeted.

By comparison, 14,200 laboratory tests were completed the previous day.

Hinshaw said hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions are both “stable.”

Full updates, which include geospatial mapping, are not being provided over the Christmas holidays. Instead, the provincial government is sharing only modified case data, which does not include statistics on new COVID-19-related deaths.

In the most recent full update, which included data up to the end of the day on Dec. 22, Red Deer had 358 active cases of COVID-19, which was the lowest total for the city since Dec. 7 when the city had 355 active cases. At its peak this month, Red Deer had 434 active cases.

Red Deer County also dipped to 78 cases, after being over 100 just last week. Sylvan Lake was also down significantly, with just 20 active cases after reporting 70 in a Dec. 3 update.

Lacombe County had 41 active cases as of the last update, Mountain View County had 33 and Kneehill County had 22 active. Clearwater County had 36 active and Stettler County had 24. Lacombe had 24 active, Sylvan Lake had 20 active and Olds had 29 active.

Ponoka County, County of Wetaskiwin and the City of Wetaskiwin had 476 active cases combined.

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