Alberta’s COVID-19 death count up 8, hospitalizations jump by 53 – CBC

702 people are in hospital with COVID-19

Aug 03, 2022

Alberta’s COVID-19 death count has increased by eight in the latest reporting week, while hospitalizations increased by more than 50, provincial data shows.

The number of Albertans who have died since the pandemic began is now 4,673.

As of Monday, 702 people were in hospital with COVID-19, including 28 intensive care unit patients. The previous week, 649 people were in hospital with the illness, including 26 in ICU.

The province’s seven-day PCR test-positivity rate dropped by one percentage point to 22.3 per cent. The rate was 23.3 per cent a week ago.

Public health officials identified 1,688 new COVID-19 cases in the latest reporting week, July 26 to Aug. 1, which is 29 fewer than the previous week.

More virus is believed to be circulating through the province though, because few people are eligible to get a PCR test and provincial data excludes positive rapid test results.

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