Alberta reports 4,869 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

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Alberta is reporting 4,869 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) over a 24-hour period.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Alberta, said the health authorities completed 12,318 tests in the last 24 hours and identified 4,869 new cases.

Currently, there are 498 people in hospital due to COVID-19, Dr. Hinshaw said, adding that 64 people are being treated in ICU for COVID-19.

She also added that three additional deaths were reported due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hinshaw, said while two doses of vaccine may not provide the kind of protection against infection it previously did, it still gives good protection against severe outcomes and third doses are available for all adults.

“A third dose of vaccine protects yourself and others and strengthens protection against both infection and severe outcomes from the Omicron variant,” Dr. Hinshaw said.

According to Dr. Hinshaw, all Albertans 18 years or older can now get a third dose.

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