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Alberta’s COVID-19 positivity, hospitalization and ICU rates tick up

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Changes will soon be coming to COVID-19 testing in the province and researchers say that will impact Alberta’s ability to respond to the pandemic. Julia Wong explains. – Aug 10, 2021

Alberta confirmed 501 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, out of about 8,600 tests.

The provincial positivity rate sat at about 5.9 per cent.

As of Wednesday, there were 138 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, including 31 being treated in intensive care.

One additional death due to COVID-19 was reported over the last 24 hours.

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There were 3,769 active cases across the province as of Wednesday.

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When it comes to vaccinations, 76.5 per cent of Albertans 12 and older have received at least one dose and 67.2 per cent are fully immunized.

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Alberta will soon be winding down mass coronavirus testing and there are worries over the future of COVID-19 data in the province.

Doctors have pushed back against the removal of mass testing, the lifting of mandatory requirements to isolate after a positive test and the elimination of contact tracing for the general public, while the province has defended itself since the new protocols were announced at the end of July.
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