There were 349 new COVID-19 cases identified in Alberta in the last 24 hours, the provincial government reported on its website Friday afternoon.
The province’s positivity rate is reported to be 3.56%.
Despite the new cases, the total number of active coronavirus infections in the province fell to 4,440 on Friday, down from 4,539 a day earlier.
The Calgary area continues to have more active COVID-19 cases (1,749) than any other area in the province, followed by the Edmonton area (1,166), the Northern region (653), the Central region ( 537) and the southern region (329). There are six active COVID-19 cases that have not been linked to any particular region.
The total number of Albertan deaths from COVID-19 has risen to 3,258, an increase of one from Thursday.
As of Friday afternoon, 395 people in Alberta hospitals have been infected with COVID-19, of which 78 are being treated in intensive care units. While the number of hospitalizations was down from Thursday (419), the total number of ICU patients with COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday was actually two days earlier than a day.
READ MORE: Traveling between Omicron: Which COVID-19 test is needed to get to Canada, USA
Alberta Health did not provide an update on the presence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the province on Friday. On Thursday, chief medical officer, Dr Deena Hinshaw announced that a fourth case of the worrying variant had been identified in Alberta.
Canada secures Merck, Pfizer COVID-19 antiviral drug orders
Canadians will need COVID-19 test date before flying to US: officials
The World Health Organization has warned that the high mutation number of the Omicron variant may indicate that it may be more transmissible than earlier strains.
READ MORE: Canadians 18 and older should be given a COVID-19 booster 6 months after 2nd shot: NACI
On Friday, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization announced that it strongly recommends that everyone 50 years or older get a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation comes after the federal government requested information on the role of COVID-19 vaccine boosters in combating the new variant of Omicron.
READ MORE: Don’t wait for potential Omicron boost – Delta still prevails, top doctors say
On Friday afternoon, Hinshaw tweeted a reminder that Albertans age 60 and older are eligible to order a third dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, as long as at least six months have passed since the dose. Monday.
“Appointments begin December 6 and can be booked online at http://alberta.ca/vaccine or by calling 811,” she tweeted.
–With files from Laura Osman, The Canadian Press
View links »
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.