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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health will again update Alberta on the COVID-19 pandemic at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m.

You can watch her live news conference here.

While waiting for the latest update, it might be helpful to look at how things have changed over the past month.

To do that, we can compare a raft of statistics from four weeks ago with the latest ones released on Wednesday.

Since hospitalization numbers are key, let’s start with those.

  • On Oct. 28, 130 people were in hospital due to COVID-19, including 18 in intensive care beds. 
  • On Wednesday, 355 people were in hospital due to COVID-19, including 71 in ICU.

Next we can look at case numbers.

  • On Oct. 28, the province reported 477 new cases and a total of 4,921 active cases.
  • On Wednesday, 1,265 new cases were identified and we had a total of 13,719 active cases.

A regional breakdown of active case numbers looked like this:

  • Oct. 28, Calgary zone: 1,879 active cases.
  • Wednesday, Calgary zone: 5,028 active cases.
  • Oct. 28, Edmonton zone: 2,277 active cases.
  • Wednesday, 6,268 active cases.
  • Oct. 28, South zone: 256 active cases.
  • Wednesday, South zone: 656 active cases.
  • Oct. 28, North zone: 325 active cases.
  • Wednesday, North zone: 805 active cases.
  • Oct. 28, Central zone: 162 active cases.
  • Wednesday, Central zone: 876 active cases.
  • Oct. 28, Unknown zone, 22 active cases.
  • Wednesday, Unknown zone, 86 active cases

Then we can look at testing.

  • On Oct. 28, provincial labs completed 12,153 tests, and the positivity rate was about four per cent.
  • On Wednesday, provincial labs completed 15,644 tests, and the positivity rate was 8.1 per cent.

What about continuing care centres, where many of the most vulnerable people live?

  • On Oct. 28, there were 322 active cases and 1,350 recovered cases at continuing care facilities. By that point, 193 residents of those facilities had died.
  • On Wednesday, there were 522 active and 2,259 recovered cases at continuing care facilities. By that point, 314 residents of those facilities had died.

And finally, schools.

  • By Oct. 28, about 10 per cent of Alberta schools had outbreaks or were on alert, with a total of 730 confirmed cases in those schools.
  • By Wednesday, about 15 per cent of school had outbreaks or were on alert, with a total of 1,207 confirmed cases in those schools.
  • By Oct. 28, in-school transmission had occurred in 87 schools. Of those, 48 had only one new case as a result.
  • By Wednesday, in-school transmission had occurred in 194 schools. Of those, 105 had only one new case as a result

In the end, it adds up to this grim total.

  • On Oct. 28, the provincial death toll stood at 323.
  • By Wednesday, the provincial death toll had reached 500.



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