COVID-19: Omicron cases rise to 17 in Alberta

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The Alberta Health announced Wednesday that the health authorities have identified additional cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, taking the total to 17 in the province.

“To date, 17 total cases of the Omicron variant have been ID’d in Alberta, 14 of which are in travellers and 3 are in household contacts,” Dr. Deena Hinsahw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said.

Dr. Hinshaw further added the total includes the 2 individuals who were previously reported as suspected cases who attended school in the North Zone.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hinsahw, said the Alberta Health identified 388 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours by completing around 10,700 tests.

She also added that 373 people are currently in hospital due to COVID-19. Of the 305 non-ICU, 65.9% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, while 75% of Of the 68 in ICU, are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Sadly, 4 new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported to Alberta Health in the last 24 hours, Dr. Hinshaw added.

The Alberta Health on Tuesday reported 240 cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths over a 24-hour period.

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