Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, May 18 – CBC

Hospitalizations and test positivity rates continue to decline, says health minister

May 18, 2022

Health Minister Jason Copping and Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, gave an update on COVID-19 on May 17.
Full COVID-19 figures from the period of May 10 to May 16 will be updated Wednesday, May 18.
According to Hinshaw, around 1,190 people were in hospital with COVID-19, down from 1,225 people last week.
Hinshaw said 39 people were in intensive care, up from 37 last week. She noted that 55 new COVID-19 deaths were reported between May 10 and May 16.
A total of 4,391 Albertans have died of the disease as of May 9.
Between May 3 and May 9, there were 4,551 new COVID-19 cases reported out of 21,906 tests. The case count includes only those who test positive on a PCR test, which most Albertans can’t access.
The average positivity rate was 20.72 per cent between May 3 and May 9, compared with 22.98 per cent the week before.
In a news conference on May 17, Hinshaw said deaths are typically one of the last indicators to fall. “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.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/everything-you-need-to-know-about-covid-19-in-alberta-may-18-1.6457605

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