Alberta's COVID-19 cases trend up with 875 new infections

Jan 13 2021, 2:57 pm

Alberta saw an increase in new daily COVID-19 infections Wednesday with the province announcing 875 new infections.

That’s more than the 652 infections reported Tuesday and the 639 reported Monday, when Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw said cases were stabilizing.

On Wednesday, she reinforced the idea of community by reminding residents that their behaviour is what causes new infections to increase.

“Like it or not, we cannot choose to opt out of community. We rise or fall together,” she said.

Another 23 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Alberta, Hinshaw added. The youngest was 48 years old.

The province’s positivity rate has fallen slightly as more people go for testing. As of Wednesday 5.5% of COVID-19 tests were coming back positive.

Alberta’s health system continues to feel pressure from the pandemic, Hinshaw said. Right now there are 820 people in hospital with COVID-19, and 137 of them are in intensive care.

She added that businesses who are opening in defiance of public health orders are increasing the number of close contacts in their community, which makes it easier for the virus to spread. They’re also likely prolonging the duration of the restrictions.

“We are all impacted by the actions of those around us.”

 

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