COVID-19: Alberta reports a record 6,789 new cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday

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Alberta broke another record for the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in one day as hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise.

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On Wednesday, the province identified 6,789 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in Alberta to 61,229, which equates to 2,616 more cases than the day before.

Alberta also reported 748 patients hospitalized with the disease – 40 more than reported Tuesday – including 82 on intensive care, while a further 15 people died from COVID-19, raising the province’s death toll to 3,367.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Alberta’s chief physician for health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the importance of reserving emergency room visits for emergency medical treatment, while noting that exposure to an ER does not qualify anyone for a PCR test under new provincial rules. .

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In his own series of tweets Wednesday, Health Minister Jason Copping said the 16.25 million quick tests, Ottawa earmarked for Alberta, have no set delivery dates, and that the province has so far only received 500,000 tests in January despite its commitment to provide schools with millions of tests. at the end of the month.

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“As of January 11, we have sent nearly 1.7 million rapid tests to schools, about 40 percent of the original commitment of 4.3 million tests for this week,” Copping said. “We are working to confirm delivery of the remainder before the end of the week from the federal government and / or from our own supply.”

“Alberta has sent almost every test it has received from the federal government to date,” he added, and with a further 4.3 million tests promised to schools in the week of January 24, the province has “directly procured” nearly 14 million tests.

“The first million have been delivered, but we are also facing delays from our suppliers due to pressure on the global supply chain,” he said, adding that the province also expects a further 4.8 million tests this week intended for schools and health professionals .

Copping also noted that Alberta pharmacies and Alberta Health Service locations have received five million tests that Albertans can access through the province’s rapid testing program.

According to Alberta Blue Cross, which administers an interactive map indicating the location of available rapid tests, participating pharmacies are sold out. The organization added, however, that Alberta Health said more tests should be available to send to pharmacies in the week of Jan. 17.

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