CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Alberta identified 1,839 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, 1,058 of which are variants of concern.
Variant cases now account for over 63 per cent of all active cases in the province.
Latest COVID-19 numbers for Alberta:
– 1,839 new cases
-18,976 tests completed (PR: 9.7 per cent)
– Six new deaths (total 2,073)
– 643 in hospital, 145 in ICU pic.twitter.com/vRzUxfLERo
— Jeff Slack (@Jeffslack660) April 28, 2021
The newly identified cases come on nearly 19,000 tests, giving the province a positivity rate of 9.7 per cent over the last day.
Of variant cases reported on Wednesday, 105 were the P.1 strain, bringing the total number of cases of that variant up to 860 since it was first identified in Alberta.
Hospitalizations saw a slight increase, now at 643, with ICU admissions rising to 145.
Six additional deaths were reported.
The third wave continues to take hold of the province, with Wednesday’s number representing the third-highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic.
Not counting reconciled cases, Alberta added 1857 new cases.
That's the third highest daily total to date.
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) April 28, 2021
On Tuesday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province’s total active cases are the second-highest they have been since the start of the pandemic.
And to no surprise, Wednesday’s numbers pushed the province closer to surpassing the highest active case count seen during the second wave.
Currently, there are 20,938 active cases of the virus in Alberta.
As for vaccines, the province will surpass 1.5 million doses administered sometime in the next day, with over 28,000 Albertans being vaccinated in the last day.
To date, 288,595 Albertans have received two doses of the vaccine.