COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline in Alberta – CBC

Daily average over past week shows 1,190 people in hospital, including 39 in ICU

May 17, 2022

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the high number of COVID-19 deaths in the past few weeks are likely the tail end of the Omicron BA.2 subvariant surge.

Another 55 deaths were reported during the six-day stretch from May 10 to 15. During the previous week, the seven-day period of May 3 to 9, 70 deaths were reported.

The Alberta government’s weekly update about COVID-19 was held on Tuesday this week instead of Wednesday.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw reiterated during the news conference that deaths are usually one of the last statistics to decline.

“This is why these high numbers of deaths that we have seen in the past weeks, as well as this week, is not unexpected, although it is a tragic reminder of the severe impacts of this virus,” she said.

There have now been 4,446 Albertans who have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Over the May 10 to 15 period, the daily average for COVID-19 hospitalizations was 1,190 people, including 39 in intensive care. At the last update, there were 1,225 Albertans in hospital, including 37 in ICU.

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