Alberta Mirror

Monday, January 17, 2022

Alberta reports 4th case of omicron variant

Key takeaways: 

  • 366 fresh COVID-19 cases, 2 added deaths reported.
  • The fresh cases recorded Thursday were found through 9,465 tests.
  • The seven-day test-positivity per cent is 4.25 per cent.

Omicron’s fourth case recorded in Alberta: 

Alberta recorded 366 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and two added deaths, taking the total number of Albertans who have died from the virus to 3,257.

The region is also stating a fourth case of the omicron variant of the disease that affects COVID-19.

“We identified one additional case of the omicron variant in Alberta, in a recently returned traveller from Nigeria,” Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, wrote Thursday afternoon on Twitter. Source – cbc.ca

Three additional cases of the omicron variant in the region were recorded previously this week.

The World Health Organization identified omicron as a variant of concern the previous Friday.

The fresh cases reported Thursday were got through 9,465 tests. The seven-day test-positivity percentage is 4.25 per cent.

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The quantity of known active COVID-19 cases in Alberta has fallen. There are now 4,359 known fresh cases, under 76 from Wednesday’s update.

Here is how the known active cases break down regionally:

  • Calgary region: 1,765
  • Edmonton region: 1,164
  • North region: 709
  • Central region: 567
  • South region: 328
  • Unknown region: 6

There are presently 419 Albertans being administered for COVID-19 in the hospital, including 76 patients in absolute care. Those results have fallen by five and three patients, each, since Wednesday’s update.

Now over 84 per cent of Albertans aged 12 or older have got two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine; almost 89 per cent of that demographic has one dose.

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