COVID-19: Rate of fully vaccinated Albertans hits 65 per cent as active case numbers continue to climb

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The number of Albertans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 hit 65 per cent Friday as active case numbers continued to rise.

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Active cases across the province shot up to 1,655 from 1,520 the previous day and from 1,334 in Wednesday’s update. With 187 new cases, down from 223 reported Thursday, the latest lab testing shows the test positivity average over seven days sits at 2.41.

Albertans aged 20 to 29 continued to represent the highest number of active cases at 626, while the Calgary Zone leads the province in total active cases, at 990. The Edmonton Zone has 301 active cases.

The province reported one more person in hospital due to COVID-19 from the previous day, with 90 hospitalizations, including 19 in intensive care units.

Three new deaths were counted, bringing the province’s COVID-19 death toll to 2,328.

The numbers come two days after sweeping changes announced Wednesday by chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, including that close contacts of COVID-19 cases in Alberta will no longer be required to isolate and, beginning Aug. 16, those with confirmed cases won’t have to either.

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The changes were met with confusion and concern from doctors, and sparked protests in Edmonton and Calgary.

More than 2.4 million Albertans are now fully protected from COVID-19, having received two doses of vaccine.
Sixty-five per cent of eligible Albertans have gotten both doses of vaccine, which the government noted in a release is above the national average for full vaccinations of about 56 per cent and a higher percentage than the United States, France and Germany.

As of Friday, 75.8 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose. However, the province lags every other jurisdiction in Canada except for Saskatchewan in per capita doses administered.

Hinshaw said in the government release getting vaccinated protects the health of your family, friends and neighbours.

“If you haven’t yet received your doses of vaccine, now is the perfect time to do so,” she said.

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