Alberta reported 875 new Covid-19 cases and 23 deaths on Wednesday.
Five of the deaths occurred in December, while others occurred:
- Jan., 9, two deaths
- Jan., 11, seven deaths
- Jan., 12, nine deaths
In the province, 820 patients are being treated at the hospital, which has 137 ICU beds.
Labs conducted nearly 16,000 tests in the last 24 hours, and the positive rate was 5.3 percent.
218 people in Alberta have already died of COVID-19 this month, including Wednesday’s update numbers.
Here is the breakdown of deaths reported to Alberta Health so far this month:
- Jan., 1, 18 deaths.
- Jan., 2, 22 deaths.
- Jan., 3, 20 deaths.
- Jan., 4, 22 deaths.
- Jan. 5, 21 deaths.
- Jan., 6, 23 deaths.
- Jan., 7, 19 deaths.
- Jan., 8, 15 deaths.
- Jan., 9, 21 deaths.
- Jan., 10, 21 deaths.
- Jan., 11, 11 deaths (four reported the previous day).
- Jan. 12, nine deaths (total incomplete).
The death toll on the same day was 27, which happened on December 27th.
COVID-19 deaths are reported when Alberta Health confirms them, and may be delayed for several days before all information is available.
The death toll from the outbreak in March has now reached 1,368. The youngest person who died was 23, senior 107.
Here is the age break:
- 0-19 years, no deaths.
- 20-29 years, five deaths.
- 30-39 years, seven deaths.
- 40-49 years, 14 deaths.
- 50-59 years, 37 deaths.
- 60-69 years, 139 deaths.
- 70-79 years, 279 deaths.
- 80+ years, 887 deaths.
Vaccination is a challenge
Spreading the vaccine to Alberta health services this week is a challenge, spokesman Kerry Williamson said in a statement Wednesday.
In the Coal Zone, about 1,500 available appointments for health workers should be “closed,” so vaccinated residents can be used to vaccinate in long-term care and designated supportive living facilities, he said.
The Central Zone went without a vaccine over the weekend, Williamson said, adding that many Northern Zone sites had been evacuated in the past few days, while the Southern Zone had to reduce the number of appointments available.
AHS has the potential to deliver 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week, Williamson said.
While this capability will allow AHS to complete all immunizations by this weekend on long-term care and designated supportive living facilities, Williamson said there is not enough supply to achieve that.
Williamson said the AHS planned immunizations for about 2,000 residents in senior living centers in the southern, central and Edmonton zones could not be completed this week due to a shortage of the modern vaccine.
“We will be vaccinating additional residents as soon as the product arrives on Friday,” he said.
“If the federal government is able to meet their supply targets, a significant number of Moderna sizes coming up on Friday will be used as a second measure for Alberta’s long-term care and designated supportive living residents.”
AHS constantly monitors vaccine distribution
Two exports are expected this week, the province’s chief medical officer Dr Deena Hinsha said. One has arrived and the other will arrive this weekend, he said at a news conference Wednesday.
“My understanding is that this has an impact on taking meetings that were previously open and available and closing them,” he said. “I think the vulnerability is mostly in closing potential meetings, so people can’t register them.”
Hinsha said closing appointments or moving distribution could make it more time for those who qualify to receive vaccines.
“Alberta Health Services has been doing a tremendous job of ensuring that they are constantly monitoring their distribution and making their predictions about appointments and trying to minimize any inconveniences to persons who need to be reconsidered.”
Hinsha said vaccine shortages will be a common occurrence in the coming weeks as the province moves to quickly eradicate Alberts.