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Active cases of COVID-19 dip below 10,000 in Alberta

Active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta have dipped below 10,000. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

Active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta continue to decline and have dropped below 10,000.

Alberta recorded 1,592 new cases of COVID-19 over the last three days: 709 cases on Friday, 515 cases on Saturday and 368 cases on Sunday.

Alberta’s active cases have now dipped to 9,481, from 10,037 active cases Friday.

COVID-related hospitalizations and ICU admissions also dropped over the weekend. There are now 821 people in hospital with COVID-19, a decline from 889 people on Friday. Of those in hospital, 182 are being treated in intensive care, a drop from 191 patients Friday.

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Of the 639 patients not in the ICU, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said 71.7 per cent are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Of the 182 in ICU, 87.3 are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, according to Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

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An additional 25 deaths were reported over the weekend, bringing the province’s death toll to 3,051.

Seven of the deaths occurred in Central zone: a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 30s, a man in his 50s, two men in their 60s and a man in his 70s, all with pre-existing conditions. A woman in her 70s with no known pre-existing conditions also died.

Seven of the deaths occurred in the Edmonton zone: a man in his 30s, a woman in her 50s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 70s, two men in their 80s, all with pre-existing conditions. A man in his 50s with no known pre-existing conditions also died.

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Seven of the deaths occurred in the South zone: a man in his 50s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s, three men in their 80s, all with pre-existing conditions.

Two deaths occurred in the Calgary zone: a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s, both with pre-existing conditions.

Two deaths occurred in the North zone: a man in his 60s with no known pre-existing conditions and a man in his 80s with pre-existing conditions.

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Monday also kicked off Phase 2 of the province’s restrictions exemption program (REP), which means people entering businesses and venues that have implemented the program must now be fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The second dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior.

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Phase 2 of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program begins Monday – Oct 24, 2021

Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated are still able to access businesses and venues participating in the REP by providing a privately-paid, negative COVID-19 test, taken within the last 72 hours, or proof of medical exemption.

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Businesses that bring in the REP — also known as a vaccine passport — require everyone entering to show proof of vaccination or a privately-paid-for negative test. This allows businesses to continue operating as usual, without reduced hours or capacity limits. Masking is still mandatory (when not eating and drinking).

As of Sunday afternoon, 86.6 per cent of Alberta’s eligible population 12 and older had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine and 78.9 per cent were fully immunized.

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