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COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions decline slightly in Alberta

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta rose slightly Thursday to 578, up from 569 the day before.

However, the number of Albertans in hospital with COVID-19 declined. As of Thursday, there were 107 people in hospital, 31 of whom were being treated in ICU.

To compare, on Wednesday there were 113 Albertans in hospital, including 33 being treated in ICU.

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One additional COVID-19 death was reported to Alberta Health on Thursday.

A single fatality occurred on Dec. 18, 2020 and did not involve comorbidities. A woman in her 60s in the Calgary zone passed away.

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The province confirmed 53 new cases of the disease in the last 24 hours and conducted about 6,200 tests. That puts Alberta’s positivity rate at about 0.67 per cent.

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Alberta Health said 33 variant cases were identified on July 14.

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It’s been about two weeks since the province lifted nearly all public health restrictions.

Several doctors Global News spoke to said they are encouraged by the low number of COVID-19 cases, but added it is too early to make any conclusions.

“I think the big difference here is our numbers are low and we are getting a significant proportion of the population vaccinated,” said Dr. Stephanie Smith, an infectious disease physician at the University of Alberta Hospital. “I think that gives us a lot more hope the numbers will continue to be low.”

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As of July 14, Alberta had administered 4,947,062 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Alberta Health, 74.4 per cent of Albertans 12 and older have received at least one dose and 57.1 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

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