Alberta reports 49 new COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations rise – CBC

6,125 new cases detected on 24,745 PCR tests from April 12 to 18

Apr 20, 2022

Forty-nine more COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Alberta Wednesday as the province continues to see a rise in the number of people in hospital with the illness.

The province provided its weekly COVID update Wednesday with data from April 12 to 18.

As of Wednesday’s update, there are 1,126 people in hospital with COVID, up from 1,053 last week. Included in the 1,126 are 43 people being treated in ICU, a slight decline from the 46 reported last week.

Health Minister Jason Copping said Wednesday that wastewater COVID levels are high in many locations, and in Edmonton, the current levels are almost matching the peak of the original Omicron wave. He said levels are rising more slowly in Calgary.

“More importantly, we’re not seeing the same impact on hospital admissions that we’ve seen before,” Copping said Wednesday at a news conference.

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