Alberta identifies 59 new cases of Omicron variant

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The Alberta Health identified 59 new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 over a three-day period, bringing the total number of positive cases to 119.

Alberta’s top doctor, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the 59 new Omicron cases reported on Thursday are mostly from three days of samples taken between December 12 and 14.

“I want to assure Albertans that we are closely monitoring developments around this variant & there are additional measures in place to help slow the spread. There are also steps each of us can take to protect ourselves & others from COVID-19, incl. staying home when ill,” Dr. Hinshaw said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hinshaw, said the Alberta Health identified 473 new cases of COVID-19 by completing around 9,600 tests over a 24-hour period.

Dr. Hinshaw further added that no new COVID-19 related deaths were reported to Alberta Health Service in the past 24 hours.

She also added that 352 people are currently in hospital due to COVID-19. Of the 282 non-ICU, 62.4% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Currently, 70 individuals are in Intensive Care Unit, receiving treatment for COVID-19, with 77.1% of them being unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Alberta on Wednesday reported 456 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths over a 24-hour period.

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