Health officials reported five more COVID-19 deaths on Friday, and dozens more Albertans were hospitalized for treatment.
The five Albertans who died were 80 or 90 years old, and each died earlier this week. The number of Albertans who have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic now stands at 3,380.
However, the significant proliferation of the Omicron variant has led to another 36 hospitalizations since Thursday’s update.
As of Friday, there were 822 Albertians in the hospital due to COVID-19, including 82 resuscitation patients – three more than Thursday.
One week ago, there were 504 people in the hospital with COVID-19.
Another 6,163 COVID-19 cases were detected in Alberta. They were detected by 16,541 PCR tests, resulting in a regional test positive of 37.88%.
Test positive was highest in the southern zone, at 43.04 percent.
Alberta reported 64,129 active COVID-19 cases on Friday, more than three times the peak of the fourth wave last fall.
However, most Albertans currently do not have access to PCR tests. Thus, the number of cases and test positive are expected to be much higher because the reported numbers do not include rapid test results.
More than eight million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been used in Alberta since the first vaccinations in December 2020, the provincial government said in a press release on Friday.
Eighty-five percent of Albertans 12 years of age and older received the two-dose vaccine. At the same time, 40.4% of children aged 5 to 11 years received the first dose.
About 73.4 percent of Alberta’s population, including those not eligible for the vaccine, also suffered two injuries.
As of Friday’s update, 1,239,463 Albertans had received a boost.