Alberta’s COVID-19 death count up 20; hospital, ICU admissions increase – CBC

Seven-day PCR test-positivity increased to 22.41 per cent

Jul 20, 2022

The COVID-19 test-positivity rate for Alberta has increased for a second straight week, while more people have been admitted to hospital and intensive care unit.

Alberta’s total COVID-19 death count increased by 20 to 4,652 after the latest reporting week, provincial data shows.

The number of Albertans in hospital with COVID-19 increased to 559, including 23 ICU patients. There were 552 hospitalizations, including 16 people in ICU, a week ago.

The province’s seven-day PCR test-positivity rate is 22.41 per cent, an increase of about 4.1 percentage points from a week ago.

Through those tests, 1,691 new COVID-19 cases were identified from July 12 to 18 — 330 fewer than the previous reporting week.

More virus is believed to be spreading throughout the community, however, because the data does not include positive rapid test results and few people are eligible for a PCR test, per the provincial government’s eligibility rules.

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