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Pandemic’s deadliest week in Alberta
The past week has been the deadliest in Alberta since the pandemic began, continuing a trend of more than 100 deaths a week since mid-December.
Twenty-three fatalities were reported Monday, totalling 139 over the past seven days. A total of 1,307 Albertans have died from COVID-19. As of Monday, more people had died from COVID-19 since Dec. 1 than all previous months combined since the pandemic began.
More than twice as many Albertans died from the disease in December than the month previous. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 30, 495 people died from COVID-19, compared to 218 deaths between Oct. 30 and Nov. 30.
Another 639 new cases of the disease were reported Monday, and 811 people were in hospital including 130 in ICU. Lower case numbers are expected as fewer tests are being completed: there were 9,838 tests completed the previous day. The test positivity rate is 6.1 per cent. Prior to the holidays, between 15,000 to 20,000 tests were run every day.
Active cases, however, are much lower than a month ago.
Edmonton Zone reached a milestone of more than 10,000 active cases on Dec. 14, with more than 21,000 active cases in Alberta. As of Monday, there were 5,441 active cases in the zone and 13,917 across the province.
There have been a total of 112,091 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Of these, 13,917 were active.
Eleven deaths reported Monday were in the Edmonton Zone, according to data provided by Alberta Health, including: a woman in her 80s in the Royal Alexandra Hospital outbreak, a man in his 70s in the Misericordia Community Hospital outbreak, a man in his 80s in the Chinese Seniors Lodge outbreak, a woman in her 90s in the MacTaggart Place Retirement Residence outbreak, a man in his 80s in the McConachie Gardens Retirement Living outbreak, a man in his 70s in the Capital Care Lynwood outbreak, two men in their 60s, two men in their 70s, and a woman in her 70s.