COVID-19: Alberta sets new daily record, reports third consecutive day with more than 2,000 cases

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Alberta reported record-high COVID-19 cases on Saturday, surpassing 2,000 new cases for third consecutive day.

Provincial data shows 2,433 new cases were confirmed within the last 24 hours. Of these, 1,743 were variants.

Active cases rose to 22,504 across the province, of which nearly 70 per cent were in the two health zones encompassing Alberta’s two largest cities: 6,065 were in the Edmonton Zone and 9,423 were in the Calgary Zone.

Hospitalizations dropped by three to 646 and 152 COVID-19 patients remained in ICU. One more person has died, raising the provincial total to 2,083 fatalities.

Variant testing slows

Beginning Saturday, Alberta Precision Laboratories will only be testing specific groups for COVID-19 variants.

A Friday memo said only those hospitalized and in emergency rooms, patients in outbreaks, health-care workers, and recent international travellers will be tested for COVID-19 variants.

More to come…

lboothby@postmedia.com

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