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St. Albert COVID-19 cases have doubled since last week

COVID-19 cases have more than doubled this week.
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St. Albert's COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since last week. 

Data from the province, current as of Dec. 6, shows there are 195 active COVID cases in the community, compared to the 91 cases reported last week.

Province-wide, COVID numbers are falling. The province is reporting 4,105 active COVID cases, compared to 4,850 reported last week.

There are 373 people hospitalized with the virus and 76 of them are in ICU.

According data provided by the province, 3,268 people have died from COVID in Alberta. There have been no new COVID deaths in St. Albert.

Nearly seven million doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in the province.

Province-wide totals show 89 per cent of the population age 12 and up have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 84.5 per cent of the population age 12 and up is fully vaccinated.

Of those aged five to 11, the province is reporting 68,282 (17.4 per cent) of children have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

Provincial data for St. Albert shows 92.3 per cent of the population age 12 and up has had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, while 90.4 per cent of the population age 12 and up is fully vaccinated.

In a Dec. 6 Twitter update, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health for Alberta, said since Dec. 3 there have been 11 Omicron cases identified in the province. Earlier in the day, that number was mistakenly reported as 12 cases — one individual who tested positive from Omicron was from out of province.

Hinshaw said one Omicron case is a household contact and one household contact recently attended an elementary school in the North Zone. One household contact also attended a high school.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have notified the schools,” she stated.

There have been more St. Albert Public School COVID cases in the last week than there were in the entire month of November.

“We’ve had a huge increase in [COVID] cases in the last few days,” Paula Powers, spokesperson for St. Albert Public Schools, said in an email Tuesday.

Data from the St. Albert Public Schools (SPS) COVID tracker show 84 active COVID cases in the division from
Dec. 1 until Dec. 7, with 19 of those cases reported on Tuesday

Data from the tracker shows 53 reported COVID cases in November.

Numbers from the COVID tracker show seven classes within the district have moved online since Dec. 1.

In an email, Shanlyn Cunningham, the spokesperson for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, said that district had 21 COVID cases from Dec. 1 to Dec. 7. The district reported 40 COVID cases in November.

Cunningham said they currently have five classes from three schools running online.

The province is reporting 11 schools in St. Albert on alert or outbreak status, current as of Dec. 6.

Four schools have reported an outbreak status — when 10 or more cases are present while infectious in the school setting within a 14-day period.

Five schools in St. Albert have reported an alert for two to four cases, while two schools have reported an alert for five to nine cases.

The province is reporting active alerts or outbreaks in 129 schools, with eight of those schools having had 10 or more cases infectious in the school in the last 14 days.


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