Alberta reports 1,254 COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths in past 24 hours

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The Alberta Health on Thursday reported 1,254 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) over a 24-hour period.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said the Alberta Health completed 15,600 tests in the last 24 hours and identified 1,254 positive cases.

Furthermore, Dr. Hinshaw said 13 new deaths were also reported to Alberta Health in the last 24 hours.

“These individuals were between the ages of 55 and 91,” Dr. Hinshaw added.

Dr. Hinshaw also added that Alberta’s healthcare system remains under extreme pressure. “A year ago, we had 92 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Today, we have almost 1,100.”

This time a year ago, there were 24 patients admitted to the ICU, Dr. Hinshaw said, adding that now, there are 248.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hinshaw, said there has been a rise in the number of pregnant women being admitted to Intensive Care Unit due to COVID-19.

According to Dr. Hinshaw, 14 pregnant individuals were admitted to ICU due to COVID-19, between July 15 and September 28.

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